Rescuers begin to reach quake-hit areas

Rescuers begin to reach quake-hit areas
A child salvages what he can from his home which was destroyed by Monday's earthquake in Chitral town, northern Pakistan

Survivors of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake centred in a remote part of Afghanistan are pulling belongings from the rubble of their homes as rescuers begin to reach the hardest-hit areas with aid.

People in the Pakistani town of Chitral, one of the closest to the quake’s epicentre, have said they are too poor to rebuild their homes and need government help.

Repairs are needed urgently, as snow is already falling on nearby mountains.

Rescuers are bringing in relief such as tents and blankets.

The death toll from Monday’s quake stands at 390.

The tremor was centred in Afghanistan’s sparsely populated Badakhshan province that borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China, and killed 272 in Pakistan, 115 in Afghanistan and three on the Indian side of the disputed Kashmir region.

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