Pakistan Quake Toll Climbs Above 500

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Sept. 27 2013 10:41 AM

Pakistan Quake Toll Climbs Above 500

As many feared, the death toll from this week's earthquake in southwestern Pakistan continues to climb, and now stands at 515, according to local officials. Here's NBC News with the details of the scope of the damage:

More than 30 villages, containing some 20,000 homes, were flattened across 15,400 square miles of the remote Balochistan region -- an area almost double the size of New Jersey. Dozens of bodies are being recovered every day from mud homes whose walls and beams have been reduced to dust and rubble.

Complicating matters for aid works is the fact that their helicopters have come under fire from rocket-armed militants.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.