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Quake-hit Pakistani villages still wait for aid

Friday - 9/27/2013, 2:40pm  ET

DALBADI, Pakistan (AP) -- Relief for survivors of a Pakistani earthquake is still only slowly reaching desperate villagers, three days after the magnitude-7.7 quake struck.

The quake has so far claimed 359 lives, with more than 750 people injured.

It occurred in a region where separatists and government troops have been fighting for years. And insurgents today again attacked government troops distributing the relief supplies. A Pakistani military official says militants fired on a government helicopter, and ground troops also came under fire.

Poor roads have also hampered the relief efforts. In one village where nearly all of the 350 homes were destroyed, residents say only private aid has arrived so far.

Pakistan's prime minister said today that the government would help those left in need by the quake.

Most of the victims were crushed when the walls of their mud brick houses caved in. Residents said the quake hit during the few hours of the day when the village had electricity, so many children were at home watching television.

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APPHOTO XMM101: Pakistani children walk amid the rubble of houses, which were destroyed in Tuesday's earthquake, in the remote district of Awaran in Baluchistan province, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Desperate Pakistani villagers in remote areas hit by the massive earthquake this week said they are still waiting for government aid to reach them. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) (27 Sep 2013)

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