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World Responds to Kashmir Earthquake Disaster

09 October 2005

The international community is responding to urgent calls for help for victims of Saturday's earthquake in South Asia.

The World Bank has offered $20 million to hardest-hit Pakistan, while the European Union is giving $3.5 million. The United Nations has sent coordinators to the region.

Japan and Turkey - two of the world's most earthquake-prone nations - are sending relief teams to Pakistan. Tokyo is also sending more than $200,000 worth of blankets, tents and other supplies, along with medical personnel.

Australia has pledged nearly $400,000 of assistance, while China dispatched a 49-member rescue team with search dogs and equipment.

The United States is sending helicopters to help reach areas inaccessible by road and has pledged an initial $100,000 in emergency aid.

Britain, which has a large South Asian community, has offered a medical team and $175,000 in aid.

And Afghanistan is sending helicopters and medicine to neighboring Pakistan.

Some information for this report provided by AFP .

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