The death toll from this week's magnitude-7.7 earthquake in the southwestern province of Baluchistan continued to rise slowly on Friday and now stands at 359, while Pakistani media said the number could eventually be far greater.
"The numbers confirmed are 359 dead and 755 injured. That is what we know for sure," provincial government spokesman Jan Mohamed Buledi told Efe.
"Most of the affected areas have already received assistance, but there are some very remote areas that we haven't been able to reach," he said, declining to comment on media accounts about hundreds of deaths not yet counted.
Residents of Mashke municipality, one of the hardest hit, told Express Tribune newspaper that at least 400 people died in that area.
The spokesman of the National Disaster Management Authority, Kamran Zia, said Thursday that Mashke is one of the areas that have not received government aid.
Local media reported days ago that aid is not reaching a large part of the affected population, whose number is also the object of controversy, as even official estimates range between 160,000 and 300,000.
Meanwhile there were two incidents Thursday in which authorities and police rescue teams dispatched to the area of the quake were attacked, for which the provincial government asked the different armed groups not to sabotage the rescue.
"We hope these attacks are not repeated and that the safety of the rescue teams will not be another problem on top of the catastrophe," Buledi told Efe. EFE