Earthquake Kills Thousands in Pakistan

1 decade 2 years 9 months ago Monday, October 10 2005 Oct 10, 2005 Monday, October 10, 2005 2:27:51 PM CDT October 10, 2005 in News

And the death toll continues to rise.  The 7.6 earthquake struck in a remote area of Pakistan triggering landslides that left major roads blocked and damaged.  The worst hit city in Pakistani Kashmir was its capital, Muzaffarabad, where at least 11,000 people were killed.

"I think it's the worst disaster," said Interior Minister Aftan Ahmen Khan Sherpao.  "Such a horrendous situation one cannot imagine."

Many of the dead were reportedly students crushed to death when the quake caused schools to collapse.  Hospitals are also in bad shape.  Medical care is now being provided outdoors in tents.

"I feel what is required primarily is tents and blankets and then food," said Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Many in Northern mountain villages live in single story mud brick homes.  While many have collapsed there's more hope there of survivors.  The government said authorities were still unable to reach some remote places where reports of damage and death were not available.  Today countries from across the globe offered their support.  Teams from the United Arab Emirates such as Turkey, Russia, and Spain arrived in Rawalpindi today with equipment to aid the emergency operation.  The Chinese government also sent a strong international rescue team made up of rescuers, medical staff and seismological experts.  Pakistani officials are calling it the country's worst disaster in history.

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