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2006-01-15 04:15:25

By Abu Arqam Naqash MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Rain and snow grounded relief flights and triggered several landslides in Pakistan's earthquake zone on Sunday, cutting off some remote villages and towns, officials said. On Saturday, the Meteorological Department said moderate and at times heavy snow was expected over the next four to five days and could be expected to disrupt the international relief effort underway since the October 8 quake killed more than 73,000 people....

2006-01-04 09:33:56

By Robert Birsel LARI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Helicopters flew again in Pakistan's earthquake zone on Wednesday, allowing aid agencies to reach survivors for the first time since snow blanketed highland villages and rain set off fresh landslides at the weekend. More than 2 million people have been living in tents or crude shelters patched together from ruined homes since the October 8 quake killed more than 73,000 people in northern Pakistan. A long-anticipated cold spell struck on...

2006-01-03 05:48:33

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Relief flights were grounded for a third-straight day in northern Pakistan's earthquake zone on Tuesday and aid workers scrambled to help cold, wet survivors after two days of heavy snow and rain. Despite the bad weather, health agencies said they had seen no spike in numbers of sick people since the snow and rain started on Saturday night, nor any deaths related to the cold. "There's been nothing over the last two days in terms of...

2006-01-01 05:42:11

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Snow and rain across northern Pakistan grounded relief flights on Sunday, giving earthquake survivors and rescuers their first big test of the winter. But aid workers were not letting it dampen their optimism that the relief operation installed since the October 8 quake will prevent the winter adding large numbers to the 73,000 killed by the tremor, barring another quake or exceptional cold. The rain began in Muzaffarabad, the...

2005-12-08 05:47:24

By Suzanna Koster MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two months after Pakistan's killer earthquake, the focus of a huge aid effort is on keeping survivors alive in freezing mountains and preventing disease in crowded tent camps in the valleys. The October 8 disaster killed more than 73,000 people and left about three million homeless. With a bitter winter beginning, aid officials say they face a daunting task keeping remote settlements supplied with shelter and food. "We are facing...

2005-11-16 08:23:06

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United Nations and British military launched an airlift on Wednesday to move hundreds of tonnes of food and shelter to earthquake survivors high in Pakistan's mountains to ensure they survive the winter. Two Royal Air Force Chinook transport helicopters hovered low over an air strip on the outskirts of the ruined city of Muzaffarabad while a British military team on the ground hooked up nets filled with supplies. The aircraft...

2005-11-15 05:27:45

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Nearly six weeks after Pakistan's killer earthquake, people with untreated injuries are still being brought down from remote mountain settlements. A villager trekked out of the mountains to the east of Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir, this week and told an aid group that people were still lying injured in three tiny, remote settlements. The group passed on the information to the International Committee of the Red Cross...

2005-11-14 10:21:07

By Simon Cameron-Moore DHANNI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Will they stay in the mountains or will they go down to Muzaffarabad, where water and sanitation problems are causing misery for many earthquake survivors? Keith Ursel, emergency field coordinator for the World Food Program in the ruined capital of Pakistani Kashmir, flew into Neelum Valley to find out what villagers in the highlands would do when food supplies run low and the Himalayan winter sets in. "I'm trying to find out the...

2005-11-14 09:22:48

By Simon Cameron-Moore DHANNI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Will they stay in the mountains or will they go down to Muzaffarabad, where water and sanitation problems are causing misery for many earthquake survivors? Keith Ursel, emergency field coordinator for the World Food Program in the ruined capital of Pakistani Kashmir, flew into Neelum Valley to find out what villagers in the highlands would do when food supplies run low and the Himalayan winter sets in. "I'm trying to find out the...

2005-11-14 10:44:48

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United Nations will launch a major air operation this week to ferry food and other supplies to earthquake survivors high in Pakistan's mountains in a frantic bid to beat the problems of winter. Britain has supplied three Chinook transport helicopters that will fly up to 200 tonnes of supplies a day into the mountains for five days from Tuesday, said senior U.N. official Pat Duggan. "It's a huge acceleration in our ability to...


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