Death toll in Pakistan earthquake rises to 515

Friday 27 September 2013 13.48
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Children play near collapsed mud houses following the earthquake
Children play near collapsed mud houses following the earthquake
Survivors gather outside tents beside their ruined houses
Survivors gather outside tents beside their ruined houses
The earthquake destroyed houses in the worst affected district of Awaran
The earthquake destroyed houses in the worst affected district of Awaran

The death toll from an earthquake in southwestern Pakistan has reached 515.

Local officials in Baluchistan said insurgents are hampering relief efforts.

The area is a stronghold of separatist Baluch insurgents, who have shot at helicopters carrying military officials in charge of responding to the disaster.

Pakistan's army has airlifted hundreds of soldiers to help since the magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck last Tuesday.

It destroyed houses and cut communications with the worst affected district of Awaran.