Pakistan puts quake toll at 18,000 (CNN)

Amazing the number, and scope of natural disasters the world has experienced this year:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — The Pakistan earthquake toll has reached 18,000 dead and 41,000 injured, Pakistan military spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan has told CNN.

Sultan said the information the Pakistan government had on Sunday morning was that 18,000 was the number of confirmed dead from the magnitude 7.6 quake that struck Pakistan and parts of India and Afghanistan on Saturday morning.

Sultan said it was possible the toll could be much higher and the scale of the devastation was the biggest in Pakistan’s experience.

He said the information being received by the government was that another 41,000 people had been hurt in the quake.

Emergency workers on Sunday are continuing to pull out the trapped, treat the injured and feed the homeless survivors of the earthquake that devastated the south Asian subcontinent Saturday.

Certainly keep them in your thoughts and hope the number doesn’t increase. We may need to start a new relief fund.

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