Relief efforts after earthquake

The 7-7-magnitude earthquake that hit Pakistan’s Baluchistan province Sept. 24 left an estimated 200,000 people homeless in the region. More than two months later and winter at hand, international aid groups say their efforts to help the quake victims get back up on their feet are being rebuffed by the government. Photo courtesy Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

QUETTA, Dec 10,2013 (Syed Zubair / UPI Next) — Relief efforts in Pakistan following a Sept. 24 earthquake in Baluchistan province are lagging, with international aid organizations saying the government has refused their help.

The National Disaster Management Authority and army spokesmen say the earthquake killed as many as 386 people and injured 816. More than 30,000 families — an estimated 200,000 people — in Awaran district, 400 miles southwest of the provincial capital of Quetta, have been homeless since the temblor, which measured magnitude-7.7 on the Richter scale.

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