Most of the deaths were in the border towns of Uri, Tangdar and Punch and Srinagar, where the quake collapsed houses and buildings.
On the Indian side of Kashmir, hundreds of mud-and-stone homes were destroyed or buried under heaps of mud.
A police official in the area, Ashoor Wani, said the death toll would probably rise because many villages had been cut off by landslides.
Angry villagers blocked roads in earthquake-ravaged regions of Indian-controlled Kashmir yesterday, complaining that the government was too slow in getting rescue and aid efforts to them.
Hundreds were known dead from the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that rocked South Asia on Saturday and rescue workers and soldiers were still pulling bodies from wreckage in Tangdar.
While the worst of the quake’s devastation came in neighbouring Pakistan, damage was severe in parts of Jammu-Kashmir.
Collapsed houses and shops line the streets in towns and villages nestled in Tangdar’s deep valleys as well as in Uri, Punch and Srinagar. Hundreds were injured.
Most people spent the night in the open, lighting fires with wood pulled from fallen houses to keep warm in near-freezing temperatures.
Sonia Gandhi, head of India’s governing political alliance, visited Uri yesterday and talked with some of the injured in hospitals.
“We have come here to share your grief,” she said.
Ms Gandhi told reporters the immediate aim was to provide food and shelter, especially tents and blankets.
“The requirement is 40,000 blankets and tents so that those who have lost their houses get a shelter over their heads,” she said.
The Indian army has flown in planeloads of medicine, food and drinking water to the worst-hit Baramulla district, said Jammu-Kashmir state’s chief secretary, Vijay Bakaya. More than 1,000 tents were being distributed in remote villages flattened by the quake.
However, many people said they had received no help.
A crowd of some 200 people blocked the main road between Baramulla and Uri for about 45 minutes, demanding that journalists and soldiers with relief supplies go to their mountainside villages, which they said were being ignored.
“Everything is destroyed. The ground shook and took everything down,” said Syad Hassan, pointing toward the peaks surrounding the valley road. The quake killed at least 65 people in his home village of Namala and three neighbouring hamlets, he said, but no aid had been provided to them. “All the government people, the press people, they are just driving past,” he said.
Kashmir’s finance minister, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, said the government was doing its best.
“The quake caused a lot of damage to infrastructure and communication. And the weather also became bad, which hampered relief temporarily,” he said of heavy overnight rains.
He said the government had cancelled vacations of officials to bolster relief efforts. Mud, debris and knee-high slush from landslides blocked roads, cutting off many remote villages.
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