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Relief is sent to Pakistan quake survivors as death toll mounts

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Relief is sent to Pakistan quake survivors as death toll mounts

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Emergency relief is being sent to victims of Tuesday’s powerful earthquake in Pakistan where the death toll has risen to at least 327.

Volunteers in Karachi were among those collecting shelters, medicine and other essential supplies for survivors of the disaster.

The 7.7 magnitude tremor in the southwestern province of Baluchistan flattened huge swathes of land, destroying whole communities. It was felt across South Asia.

Communications were cut off with the worst-affected districts and rescue teams have struggled to reach the remote region, rocked by a series of aftershocks.

The original quake was so strong that it caused a small island to emerge from the Arabian Sea, just off the Pakistani coast. Bewildered residents have gathered to witness the rare phenomenon but authorities say it won’t survive for long as sea waves will eventually break the mud and earth down.