Pakistan raised its official death toll in the devastating earthquake last month by 16,000, and officials warned Wednesday that it was likely to rise further as relief supplies fail to reach thousands of victims stranded in remote parts of the Himalayas.
The announcement, which puts the official toll at 73,000, brings the government's figures closer to the number reported by local officials, who say the Oct. 8 quake killed at least 79,000 people in Pakistan.
Maj. Gen. Farooq Ahmed Khan said 73,276 people had been confirmed dead in Pakistan and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, up from the official count of 57,597. In India's portion of Kashmir, an additional 1,350 people died.
More than 69,000 people had severe injuries, and the total number of injured was much higher, the general said.
Khan said the death toll was raised because additional bodies had been recovered from the debris, and he said that "there is likelihood of further increase."
The top U.N. relief coordinator, Jan Egeland, told PBS that there were "many thousands, potentially tens of thousands, up there in the mountains that are wounded." He said a "second wave of death" could come from "people who could freeze to death, starve to death, or just be sick because of infected water."
U.N. officials said money for distributing relief supplies was running dangerously low. Donors have pledged $131 million of the $550 million sought by the United Nations for emergency aid.
Egeland said foreign aid for quake relief has been far less than what it was after last year's Indian Ocean undersea earthquake and tsunami, which killed more than 200,000 people and left tens of thousands missing.