Aid Slow For Pakistan Quake Victims
11 October 2005 -- Tens of thousands of Pakistani survivors are still waiting for help today, three days after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that devastated Kashmir and northern Pakistan.
Authorities have acknowledged difficulties in getting aid to survivors, particularly in remote mountain areas that have been cut off by landslides.
Billions of dollars of international aid, including helicopters, food, medical equipment, and tents, have begun pouring in to help Pakistan cope with the worst natural disaster in its history.
Sporadic looting was reported in Pakistan's main Kashmiri town of Muzaffarabad on 10 October as survivors reacted in apparent frustration over the slow delivery of aid.
In a spot of good news, an Iraqi woman and her two-year-old son were pulled alive from the rubble of an earthquake-destroyed apartment block in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, late on 10 October.
The confirmed death toll currently stands at more than 20,000 people, including nearly 1,000 in Indian-held Kashmir. Authorities say they fear the death toll could rise by thousands as many corpses are believed still buried under rubble.
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