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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...

2006-01-04 03:37:27

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Relief helicopters were flying again in Pakistan's earthquake zone on Wednesday after snow and rain grounded them for days, but forecasters warned more frigid weather would add to the misery of survivors. More than two 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 cold spell struck on Saturday, blanketing...

2006-01-03 09:45:00

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. British aid group Oxfam said survivors were facing the desperate decision of whether to abandon their mountain homes and seek shelter at lower, warmer altitudes and immediate steps had to be taken to help those with inadequate shelter. Despite the...

2006-01-02 10:45:00

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan -- Heavy snow and rain brought more misery to Pakistan's earthquake survivors on Monday, halting relief work, bringing landslides down on roads and flooding tents across the cold, wet mountains. There were no reports of deaths from sickness or accidents in the first severe weather of a late winter, a major test for the army and the United Nations, who are running the relief effort, and for more than two million homeless survivors. More than a foot...

2006-01-02 05:41:18

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Rain and snow fell across Pakistan's earthquake zone for a second straight day on Monday, grounding relief flights and adding to the misery of millions of survivors camped out in tents and crude shelters. Heavy snow fell across high ground and rain drenched valleys overnight, triggering some tent collapses and landslides but the military, coordinating a huge relief effort with aid groups, said there had been no reports of major...

2005-12-13 04:15:21

By Robert Birsel ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The focus of earthquake relief in Pakistan's mountains is shifting to nearly two million people below the snowline now that most at higher altitudes have been looked after, a U.N. official said on Tuesday. "The major challenge for the people is to stay warm and to stay dry," United nations chief coordinator Jan Vandermoortele said more than two months after the massive earthquake killed at least 73,000 people and left about three million...

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...

2005-12-02 07:41:49

By Robert Birsel ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Most of the tents handed out to Pakistani earthquake survivors are incapable of withstanding the winter and the focus of relief efforts is now on other ways to ensure people stay warm, aid officials said on Friday. The October 8 earthquake killed more than 73,000 people and left up to three million homeless. The worry as a brutal Himalayan winter sets in is that disease could kill cold and poorly nourished survivors. "Keeping the people dry,...

2005-11-30 07:51:08

By Abu Arqam Naqash BHERI, Pakistan (Reuters) - With winter starting to set in, some survivors of Pakistan's earthquake are without shelter, sufficient food or warm clothing nearly eight weeks after the disaster struck, aid officials said on Wednesday. The first heavy snow fell across the region at the weekend but while there has been no spike in the mortality rate, more deaths were inevitable unless aid reaches victims soon, aid officials said. The focus of the relief effort was...

2005-11-27 04:56:34

By Abdul Wahid Kiani PIEER CHANASI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's earthquake zone got it's first harsh winter weather on Sunday, with rain and snow bringing relief operations to a halt, and gloom to survivors. Up to 8 inches of snow fell in some high-altitude areas and up to 1.2 inches (32 mm) of rain drenched some lower areas, the Meteorological Department said. "Flights are off for today," said a spokesman for the U.N. World Food Programme in Muzaffarabad, the capital of...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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