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Death Toll Rises to 327 in Pakistan Quake

The death toll continues to rise from Tuesday's strong earthquake in southwestern Pakistan. Officials say at least 327 people were killed after thousands of mud homes collapsed in the mountainous Awaran district of Baluchistan province.

Hundreds of other people have been injured and displaced.

Rescue workers are trying to move them to hospitals, but their efforts have been hampered by the widespread destruction. A local official said survivors in the area -- which is near the border with Iran -- are in desperate need of tents, medicine, and food.

Members of Pakistan's military have been airlifted to the area to deliver supplies and help with recovery efforts.

The powerful quake, measured by the U.S. Geological Survey at magnitude 7.7, also caused the seabed to rise and create a small island off Pakistan's southern coast.



It was the worst earthquake to hit Pakistan since 2005, when a quake near Kashmir killed at least 73,000 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was about 230 kilometers southwest of Dalbandin in Baluchistan. Reports say the quake was felt as far away as New Delhi.

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