Secretary-General saddened by death and destruction in Pakistan earthquake

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The United Nations stands ready to assist Pakistan following an earthquake this week which killed more than 300 people.

In a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed condolences to the country's government and people.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck parts of the remote province of Balochistan in south-west Pakistan on Tuesday. At least 328 people died and thousands of homes were damaged, according to media reports.

The Secretary-General said the UN stands ready to lend assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs resulting from the earthquake and to mobilise any international support needed.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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