Pakistan quake death toll reaches 53,000
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Oct 22, IRNA
Pakistan-Quake Death Toll
Death toll from Pakistan devastating earthquake has risen to over 53,000 while the number of seriously injured people has soared to above 74,000, a senior Pakistani official said on Saturday.
The official death toll was put at 51,000 yesterday and Pakistan Federal Relief Commissioner Major General Farooq Ahmed Khan told a news conference here that three thousand more have been reported.
Khan said that 38 to 45 Pakistani helicopters and 24 from foreign countries are engaged in relief operation. Some other countries have offered to dispatch more helicopters to meet the requirements.
He said main focus has been diverted to provide the medical aid to the injured people and for this purpose 19 field hospitals are working round the clock in the affected areas.
Khan said that two hundred and sixty one sorties were made yesterday to shift relief items in the affected areas and bring back the injured.
He said efforts are underway to clear the roads in the affected areas to speed up the supplies to the victims.
He said all the major roads have been re-opened while fifty per cent internal roads have been cleared.
To another question he said a number of teentage villages have already been set up and many more would be established.
He, however, said as people are not ready to leave their areas, they are trying to reach out to them with relief goods through helicopters.
Responding to a question the Relief Commissioner said NATO has offered to airlift goods to Pakistan from anywhere in NATO member states.
It has already pledged to bring ten thousand tents from Turkey for the UNHCR through 19 flights.
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