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Earthquake hits North India
08. Oct 2005 at 17:51
 
Quake hits Indo-Pakistan border  
 

 
Pakistan's president has appealed for international help, saying his country cannot deal with the aftermath of the massive earthquake on its own.  
 
At least 19,000 people are thought to have been killed in Pakistan, and it is feared the toll could rise much higher.  
 
With some towns and villages completely flattened, Pervez Musharraf told the BBC that Pakistan needed "massive cargo helicopter support" and aid supplies.  
 
Some stricken parts of disputed Kashmir have still not been reached.  
 
"We certainly look for international help," General Musharraf told the BBC.  
 
 
"The military has been mobilised completely," he said, but because roads in remote mountainous regions had been blocked or swept away in landslides, there was severe pressure on Pakistan's "limited" transport and helicopter resources.  
 
 WORST-HIT AREAS  
Pakistani-run Kashmir: At least 17,000 dead
Pakistan's North-West Frontier province: At least 1,600 dead
Islamabad: At least 25 dead
Indian-run Kashmir: At least 600 dead  
 
 
 
"Other than that we of course need relief goods in the form of tents and blankets and medicines," he said.  
 
The earthquake, which hit at 0350GMT on Saturday, is thought to have been the strongest earthquake in the region in a century.  
 
 
Pakistani interior minister Aftab Sherpao told a press conference the death toll in Pakistan and Pakistani-administered Kashmir had now risen to at least 19,136, and 42,397 had been injured.  
 
 
Balakot in North-West Frontier Province was among the worst hit
 
 
"It is such a horrendous situation that one cannot imagine. Casualties are increasing by the hour," he said.  
 
In one in place, at least 400 children died when two schools collapsed in the Mansehra district of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province.  
 
About 200 soldiers are also thought to have been killed by landslides and falling debris.  
 
 
Razed to ground  
 
The earthquake's epicentre was close to Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir.  
 
The BBC's Nick Bryant, in Muzaffarabad, says many buildings have been reduced to rubble.  
 
  I saw death in front of me... this was the worst nightmare with open eyes  
 
Jahangeer, Lahore
 
 
The city's cricket stadium is being used to house the homeless and offer relief to the survivors. The injured are waiting to be airlifted to hospitals in Islamabad.  
 
 
Many of the towns and villages in the surrounding areas bore the brunt of the earthquake and have been virtually razed to the ground.  
 
Tariq Farooq, works and communications minister in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, estimated that 30,000 people had died in that region alone.  
 
But there was no confirmation of that figure from the central authorities.  
 
A military spokesman told the BBC that the government's priorities were to evacuate those in need of medical care, establish medical treatment centres on the ground, and provide shelter for thousands of homeless people.  
 
Early relief efforts were hampered by landslides and heavy rain.  
 
 
In the town of Balakot, about 100km (60 miles) north of Islamabad, residents were trooping along the roads out of the town, saying no assistance had arrived and they had no choice but to leave.  
 
BBC correspondent Andrew North said the lines of people went on and on, many of the people carrying the bodies of dead relatives in makeshift stretchers on their shoulders.  
 
 
In the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, rescuers attempted to find survivors in the ruins of the upmarket Margala Towers residential complex.  
 
 
A British team of specialists joined Pakistani rescue workers, bringing out alive a man and a woman to cheers and applause on Sunday morning.  
 
Two others were also pulled out alive later in the day, rescue officials told the BBC.  
 
Anger  
 
Officials in Indian-administered Kashmir said the death toll there was more than 600, with the bodies of 300 people found in one town alone.  
 
Indian ruling Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi toured the town of Uri, near the Line of Control dividing Pakistani and Indian-controlled Kashmir, and promised government help.  
 
 
Pakistan and India suffer after a massive earthquake
 
 
 
But angry residents in towns nearby said they had received no assistance.  
 
Scores of people gathered on a road out of Uri on Sunday, waving down journalists and soldiers and demanding they go to up to mountain villages, where resident Syad Hassan said 65 people had died.  
 
"All the government people, the press people, they are just driving past," he said.  
 
Many countries have offered help to Pakistan, whether financial or logistical, while US President Bush, UN chief Kofi Annan, the Pope and Britain's Queen Elizabeth all offered their condolences.  
 
President Musharraf said he had personally thanked Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India - a long-time rival with Pakistan for control over Kashmir - for the offer to help with rescue operations
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Reply #1 - 10. Oct 2005 at 03:58
 
How to donate:
 
Unicef  
www.unicef.org
 
Kashmir International Relief Fund
 
www.kirf.org
 
Red Cross/ Red Crescent  
www.ifrc.org
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Reply #2 - 11. Oct 2005 at 00:32
 
I know that earthquakes in India are quite regular and they happen from time to time, but is thsi the 1st time that the Punjab and Haryana has been affected by an earthquake? Let me know asap, please.
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