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2005-10-21 05:06:37

By Athar Hussain KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistani tent makers said on Friday they are struggling to meet a government demand for 8,000 tents a day to shelter some two million survivors of the October 8 earthquake before winter sets in. Hundreds of thousands of tents able to withstand a Himalayan winter are needed for survivors of the quake that devastated northern Pakistan and killed about 50,000 people, aid officials say. About 1,300 people were killed in neighboring India....

2005-10-20 07:56:41

By David Brunnstrom CHIKAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Only from the air is it possible to grasp the enormity of the disaster afflicting Pakistani Kashmir, and only from the air is it possible to reach many of the hundreds of thousands of suffering survivors. Nearly two weeks after the devastating earthquake that hit northern Pakistan, killing at least 50,000 people, many of the tens of thousands injured are only now getting treatment. Many others have yet to be reached, and serious wounds...

2005-10-16 11:57:52

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Soldiers pulled a young girl alive from the rubble of the Kashmir earthquake on Sunday, giving shattered Pakistan a moment of joy on a day when storms poured more misery on a million homeless survivors. After a night exposed to solid rain under the flimsiest of shelters, many survivors waited in vain for help as the weather grounded all but a few of a growing fleet of relief helicopters eight days after the quake pulverized a wide...

2005-10-16 09:44:28

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Steady rain piled more misery on the survivors of the Kashmir earthquake on Sunday as more than one million homeless people spent another night exposed to the elements with only makeshift tents for shelter. The storms grounded most flights by relief helicopters, the only way to get supplies to many of those stranded in the mountains, where the quake buckled roads or buried them in landslides. Only about half a dozen flights managed...

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2005-10-16 03:25:00

BALAKOT, Pakistan -- The death toll from Pakistan's earthquake rose sharply to nearly 40,000 on Saturday, with the president warning the numbers could rise even further as relief teams reach more villages in the remote folds of the Himalayan mountains. The Pakistani military said Sunday one of its helicopters flying an aid mission crashed in bad weather late Saturday, killing all six people aboard. Throughout the region, homeless survivors searched desperately for blankets and tents to brace...

2005-10-16 02:32:28

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Steady rain heaped more misery on the survivors of the Kashmir earthquake on Sunday as the more than one million made homeless spent another night exposed to the elements with only makeshift tents as shelter. Military officials said the relief flights had been halted for most of the morning because of thunderstorms in Islamabad, where supplies were being loaded, despite improving weather in the earthquake zone. Rain fell steadily...

2005-10-15 18:34:18

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Aid agencies set up bases for a huge emergency and rebuilding task in earthquake-shattered Pakistan as the official death toll topped 38,000 people. As snow fell on peaks in devastated Pakistani Kashmir the United Nations fitted out offices in tents at a sports field in Muzaffarabad in an attempt to bring relief to over a million people homeless since the October 8 disaster. The government estimates damage at about $5 billion. A...

2005-10-12 07:35:00

SULTANDAKI, India -- Khatija Bibi sits beside her injured son wrapped in a woolen blanket on a stretcher in front of what was once her house in Indian Kashmir. It's cold and the rain is pouring as the 45-year-old housewife shivers. "I think nobody is going to come and help us because the weather has turned ugly. It is the wrath of God." Six Indian soldiers on a rescue mission in Kashmir died on Tuesday in a landslide triggered by rains and authorities have become increasingly concerned about...