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Rescuers begin to reach quake-hit areas

Survivors of a magnitude 7.5 earthquake centred in a remote part of Afghanistan are pulling belongings from the rubble of their homes as rescuers begin to reach the hardest-hit areas with aid.

People in the Pakistani town of Chitral, one of the closest to the quake's epicentre, say they are too poor to rebuild their homes and need government help.

Repairs are needed urgently, as snow is already falling on nearby mountains.

Rescuers are bringing in relief such as tents and blankets.

The death toll from Monday's quake stands at 390.

The tremor was centred in Afghanistan's sparsely populated Badakhshan province that borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China, and killed 272 in Pakistan, 115 in Afghanistan and three on the Indian side of the disputed Kashmir region.

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