Death toll in massive Pakistan quake jumps to 271

Associated Press
Pakistan volunteers load relief supplies for earthquake-affected people of the Baluchistan province, in Karachi, 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/Fareed Khan)
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QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says the death toll from a massive earthquake that struck the country's southwest has jumped to 271.

Maj. Gen. Muhammad Saeed Aleem, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, said on Wednesday that 246 people were also injured.

The 7.7 magnitude quake struck Tuesday in the country's Baluchistan province.

Aleem spoke to reporters in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan.

The remoteness of the area and lack of infrastructure has hampered relief efforts.

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