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Death toll in Pakistani quake rises to 348

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSIn this photo released by the Inter Services Public Relation department an aerial view shows destroyed homes following an earthquake in the remote district of Awaran, Baluchistan province, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, as the death toll rose to hundreds. (AP Photo/Inter Services Public Relations Department)
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    In this photo released by the Inter Services Public Relation department an aerial view shows destroyed homes following an earthquake in the remote district of Awaran, Baluchistan province, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Rescuers struggled Wednesday to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a massive earthquake in southwestern Pakistan Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, as the death toll rose to hundreds. (AP Photo/Inter Services Public Relations Department)

QUETTA, Pakistan >> A Pakistani government spokesman says that the death toll from the country’s horrific earthquake has risen to 348.

The spokesman for the Baluchistan provincial government, Jan Mohammad Bulaidi, said Thursday that another 552 people have been injured.

The massive 7.7 magnitude quake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday.

Rescuers have struggled to reach hard-hit areas in what is the country’s largest and most impoverished region.

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