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How Britain helped the victims with generosity

HIGH on a hillside in the dirt-poor village of Kambrian Zamiri, accessible only by foot, stands a gleaming new school that replaced the one-room shelter that served before the earthquake. It cost about £1,400 to build, and the money came from the £347,830 raised after the disaster by Learning for Life, a small British charity.

The British public responded with conspicuous generosity to the catastrophe, donating nearly £60 million to the Disaster Emergency Committee appeal. That was the DECís third-most successful appeal.

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Moderate earthquake shakes northern Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake on Sunday shook parts of northern Pakistan devastated by a catastrophic tremor last October, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 5.0 magnitude quake had its epicenter in Hazara division, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of the Pakistani city of Peshawar, Pakistan's Meteorological Office said.

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Earthquake jolted Islamabad and northwest parts

ISLAMABAD, March. 19 Moderate earthquake rattled Pakistan's capital and parts of the country's northwest Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, an official said.

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Flu Shots Illinois, USA Couldn't Use Sent to Pakistan

SPRINGFIELD - Thousands of expired flu vaccines that had become a political albatross for Gov. Rod Blagojevich and remain a financial liability for taxpayers were sent to Pakistan to inoculate earthquake victims.

Blagojevich announced Friday the 256,000 doses his administration obtained in Europe more than a year ago but was never able to import were donated and arrived in Pakistan to aid relief efforts. A massive earthquake in October caused widespread devastation throughout Pakistan and India, killing more than 80,000 and leaving nearly 3 million homeless.

A Vanderbilt University flu expert said the donation, with the help of some sheer luck, should help even though the medicine is past its expiration date.

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Rain, Snow Cut Off Pakistan Quake Zone

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan - Heavy rain and snow buffeted Pakistan's earthquake-hit areas for a second day Monday, grounding helicopter aid flights and blocking roads as doctors reported increasing respiratory infections among survivors.

Aid workers have warned that cold weather in the Himalayan foothills, where temperatures have already fallen below freezing, may claim more lives after the Oct. 8 magnitude-7.6 quake left about 87,000 dead and 3.5 million homeless.

Poor visibility forced a suspension of flights by helicopters from the U.N., foreign militaries and Pakistan's army, which have been delivering winterized tents, clothes, food and other provisions to survivors, said Maj. Farooq Nasir, a Pakistani army spokesman.

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U.S. military wins hearts and minds in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan--From the air, the town of Balakot, at the lip of the Kaghan Valley in Pakistan's mountainous North-West Frontier Province, resembles pictures of Hiroshima circa late summer 1945: All but a few buildings have been reduced absolutely to rubble. There were some 50,000 people in this town on the morning of Oct. 8; a six-second earthquake that day killed an estimated 16,000 outright. Now survivors live mainly in scattered tent villages, not all of them properly winterized. And winter has begun.

The people of Balakot and dozens of other devastated towns are much on the mind of Rear Adm. Michael A. LeFever, 51, the man in charge of the U.S. military's 1,000-man, $110 million-and-counting relief effort here. "I'll never forget landing and smelling gangrene and smelling death," he says of his first trip to the disaster zone where 73,000 died. "The first couple of days were overwhelming."

It was Pakistan's good fortune in those critical days that Adm. LeFever could call in heavy-lift helicopters, particularly the tandem-rotor Chinook, from bases in nearby Afghanistan. Every road into the Frontier Province and the neighboring Azad Kashmir region had been rendered impassable by huge landslides. Every hospital in the region except one had been destroyed. The Pakistan government, which lost nearly its entire civil administration in the region as well as hundreds of soldiers, lacked the airlift capacity to bring adequate relief north and the critically injured south. The Chinooks were among the few helicopters able to reach, supply and evacuate places that, even under normal conditions, are some of the most inaccessible on earth.

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Misery in quake zone as snow grounds relief

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Rain and snow fell across Pakistan's earthquake zone for a second straight day on Monday, grounding relief flights and adding to the misery of millions of survivors camped out in tents and crude shelters.

Heavy snow fell across high ground and rain drenched valleys overnight, triggering some tent collapses and landslides but the military, coordinating a huge relief effort with aid groups, said there had been no reports of major incidents.

"There has been no unpleasant news regarding any accidents," said Major Farooq Nasir, a military spokesman in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir.

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2.4 Million Blankets Needed

Pakistan: UN Quake Appeal Only 40 Per Cent Funded, 2.4 Million Blankets Needed
More than nine weeks after a devastating earthquake in Pakistan killed more than 70,000 people, injured 70,000 more and left up to 3 million people homeless, the United Nations relief appeal faces a shortfall of some 60 per cent, with a new survey showing an urgent need for 2.4 million blankets as the harsh winter sets in.

Funds for the $550 million appeal have reached $209.2 million, or 38 per cent, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Elizabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva today. With $22.7 million in pledges included, the funding stands at 42 per cent.

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Woman rescued 2 months after earthquake

(Kyodo) A 40-year-old woman in the Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir was rescued Monday, more than two months after a powerful earthquake hit the country Oct. 8, officials said Tuesday.
Naqsha Bibi was rescued from under the debris of her house in Muzaffarabad, capital of the Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir, the officials said.

The woman, who had remained buried under the debris, was unconscious but breathing when people in the Refugee Colony in Kamsar Chilabandi, 3 kilometers south of Muzaffarabad, were removing the debris for use in the reconstruction of a makeshift house, they said.

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Strong earthquake jolts Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Dec 13 : A strong earthquake of 6.7 magnitude struck upper Pakistan, Punjab province and Muzaffarabad at 2.51 am on early Tuesday.

The earthquake was felt in the upper Pakistan including entire Punjab, Islamabad, Ralwalpindi, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad, Mansehra, Balakot and Gilgit.

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