Pakistan earthquake worse than tsunami: UN

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21 October 2005, MUZAFFARABAD, PAKISTAN - The government of Pakistan's administered Kashmir Friday said more than 600,000 people were affected and at least 84,500 houses flattened in Muzaffarabad district alone by the October 8 killer earthquake.

21 October 2005

MUZAFFARABAD, PAKISTAN - The government of Pakistan's administered Kashmir Friday said more than 600,000 people were affected and at least 84,500 houses flattened in Muzaffarabad district alone by the October 8 killer earthquake.

The figures were released during a briefing by Pakistani and Turkish premiers, Shaukat Aziz and Tayyip Erdogan, who were touring the worst quake-hit region to assess the destruction and check the ongoing relief and rescue work there.    

The private GEO television quoted Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) as claiming that about 98 per cent of the affected population has been provided shelters in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir.

Officials said at least 3,991 schools were flattened in three districts - Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and Bagh - of Kashmir.

Pakistan's government latest estimate is that the 7.6-magnitude tremor killed nearly 50,000 people in the Northwestern Frontier Province (NWFP) and Kashmir.

On Thursday, Erdogan reiterated Turkey's long-term support to Pakistan and offered help in rebuilding the quake-hit areas.

He said at least 12 Turkish planes carrying tons of relief goods have already reached Pakistan while another 50,000 tons of wheat flour, 25,000 tons of sugar and, cooking oil as well as one million blankets and tents were set to arrive in the next four weeks.

Meanwhile, a large German-provided tent is serving as an office for up to 300 Kashmiri government officials. More than 50 German soldiers were carrying out rescue and relief operations using two helicopters in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The United Nations has called for an accelerated relief effort by the international community to prevent what it termed a "second massive wave of death".

U.N. emergency relief coordinator, Jan Egeland, said the relief operation in Pakistan's tremor-stricken regions was a "logistic nightmare" and the tragedy was worse than the tsunami last December.

DPA

Subject: German news

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