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Old 10-08-2005, 11:52 PM   #1
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Large rise in Pakistan quake toll

I know third world natural disasters typcially go unnoticed, but I thought maybe 18000 deaths warranted a thread.

The quake's impact


Pakistan says more than 18,000 have been killed by Saturday's powerful earthquake that also hit northern India and Afghanistan.

The 7.6-magnitude quake, with an epicentre 80km (50 miles) north-east of Islamabad, flattened entire villages.

Another 40,000 people are believed to be injured, said military spokesman Major-General Shaukat Sultan.

Several countries have offered to help, with US President Bush and UN chief Kofi Annan expressing their concern.

"The people of the United States offer our deepest sympathies for the loss of life and destruction," said George W Bush in a statement.

Mr Annan said he was "deeply saddened by the loss of life" and announced that the UN was sending a team to co-ordinate relief efforts.

UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the government was sending $177,000, along with 60 medical staff, emergency workers and foreign office staff. The US has promised $100,000.

India, a long-time rival with Pakistan for control over Kashmir, has also offered to help with rescue operations.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has described the quake as a "test of the nation".

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4323008.stm



by the way, aren't we so generous...$100,000.00.
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Old 10-09-2005, 12:07 AM   #2
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I was at least glad to see that India has offered to send help, despite the Kashmir standoff. God willing, perhaps this can at least create a small moment of healing through cooperation in a crisis. It's helped Greece and Turkey through some rough spots in the past.
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Re: Large rise in Pakistan quake toll

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I know third world natural disasters typcially go unnoticed, but I thought maybe 18000 deaths warranted a thread.
I wonder if any of them were Americans?
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Were either of those comments really suitable? Time and place, guys. Sheesh.

I hope they receive plenty of help.
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Death toll gets higher, around 30,000 people died from what I hear.



My parents visited Pakistan a year ago or so when they were around in North India. Beautiful country, great temples..

What a disaster. Unbelievable.
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Death toll gets higher, around 30,000 people died from what I hear.



these are the things where every word shines to be useless................................it's so sad..........................so sad
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My parents visited Pakistan a year ago or so when they were around in North India. Beautiful country, great temples..
Wonderful! Where in Pakistan did they go? I was in Rawalpindi once, but have chickened out on Pakistan during subsequent trips to India due to travel advisories...would love to see Lahore someday.
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This is such a tragedy at an enormous scale. The images are sobering.
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Already 40.000 deaths.......................................a large part of children generation cancelled.................Cashmir destroyed...................
I can't stand this...........................................................
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I know...as if the people of that region need anymore to deal with.
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I was reflecting on this earlier today. I'm Pakistani so it did hit closer to home. But what I was hoping for was that there would be a shining light which comes out of this dark tragedy; that people in the South Asian region finally unite and act together rather than bickering amongst one another all the time.
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I really, really hope so. It's times like this and after the tsunami last year that I wonder how, with all the death and suffering caused by natural disasters, we are still fighting and killing each other. Hopefully this will be different, at least a little bit.
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Quake toll soars above 30,000

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Searchers are working into the night in a frantic attempt to find more survivors of Pakistan's worst earthquake, as the death toll soared past 30,000 and tempers flared over the pace of relief efforts.

Aid groups and the international community have responded to calls for assistance, but with much of the quake zone virtually inaccessible and bad weather impeding travel, help was slow reaching the most affected areas.
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