Underway after severe earthquake relief in Pakistan

April 17, 2013 3:05 pm0 commentsViews: 4

Islamabad. After the devastating earthquake in the Iranian-Pakistani border emergency relief in Pakistan has started. Saifur Rehman, the disaster Baluchistan Province said several villages in the remote region Mashkel are connected only by paths through the desert or mountain passes with the outside world.


They could therefore not be reached by truck. Rescue teams and aid should therefore be flown into the quake zone. Rehman said around 30 people in Mashkel were killed in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday killed and more than 200 were injured. The army had earlier reported 34 dead and 80 injured.

The Iranian authorities initially spoke only of wounded, but not dead. The Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday, however, according to unconfirmed reports, several people had come in a village called gasht killed in the quake. A specific number of victims did not call IRNA.

The Pakistani armed forces told, nearly a ton of medicine and five tons of food were flown to the disaster area. Army doctors and soldiers supported the rescue work. Rehman said several mud houses collapsed or were damaged beyond repair. Several aftershocks shook the area, meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, the Pakistan Meteorological Agency registered a quake of magnitude 6.

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