Rescuers struggle to reach quake-stricken regions in Pakistan

2015-10-27 09:32
Pakistani residents remove their belongings from the rubble of a house following an earthquake in Lower Dir. (Ehsan Ullah, AFP)

Pakistani residents remove their belongings from the rubble of a house following an earthquake in Lower Dir. (Ehsan Ullah, AFP)

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Peshawar - Officials say rescuers are struggling to reach quake-stricken regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan as the combined death toll from the previous day's earthquake rose to 311.

According to Afghan and Pakistani officials, 237 people died in Pakistan and 74 in Afghanistan in the magnitude-7.5 quake, which was centered deep beneath the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan's sparsely populated Badakhshan province bordering Pakistan, Tajikistan and China.

Wais Ahmad Barmak, the Afghan minister for disaster management says 266 people were also injured in Afghanistan.

In Pakistan, authorities say they are struggling to reach remote mountainous quake-affected areas.

The army used helicopters on Tuesday to transport supplies to the victims and military engineers were trying to restore communication lines disrupted by landslides triggered by the quake. Thousands of homes have also been damaged.

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