Source Pravda.Ru

Pakistan quake toll reaches 73,000

The official death toll from Pakistan's massive earthquake soared to more than 73,000 yesterday as a top government official warned it could rise furtherThe American military resumed flights into the disaster zone a day after it claimed one of its pilots came under rocket attack while delivering aid.

Federal Relief Commission Major General Farooq Ahmed Khan told reporters 73,276 people perished in the October 8 quake, up from an earlier estimate of about 57,600. A further 1,300 died in Indian-controlled Kashmir. "There is a likelihood of a further increase," he said.

The revised toll brought the government's figures closer to provincial estimates of 79,000 deaths and confirmed the 7.6 magnitude earthquake as among the deadliest of the past.

More than 3 million people have been left homeless and 69,000 seriously injured across a broad swath of Kashmir and North West Frontier province.

A frantic rescue operation is under way to rush tents, blankets and food supplies to survivors before winter.

At the weekend Pakistan and India agreed to open five border posts along their disputed boundary in Kashmir to facilitate humanitarian access. The crossing will start on November 7 and will be closely scrutinised.

On Tuesday an American pilot said he saw a rocket propelled grenade fired at his helicopter in Chakothi, an area notorious for harbouring Islamic militants. The helicopter was not hit. The Pakistani army denied the incident, saying the pilot was confused by army engineers who were clearing a blocked road with explosives.

Any suggestion of militant activity against foreign helicopters could cripple the emergency airlift into remote valleys which remain cut off three weeks after the earthquake. The Pakistani army is leading air operations with help from 24 US helicopters, three British Chinooks, and others from Japan, the Red Cross and the UN, reports Guardian Online. I.L.

Comments
How Russia can respond to Israel following Ilyushin Il20 shootdown
Africa's heart bleeds, who is to blame?
Woman sucks her men dry in bed like female spider
China wages trade war against US, remains largest investor in US debt
Russia mourns victims of Ilyushin Il-20 shootdown
How Russia can respond to Israel following Ilyushin Il20 shootdown
How Russia can respond to Israel following Ilyushin Il20 shootdown
Russia mourns victims of Ilyushin Il-20 shootdown
NATO's 5,000 warplanes ready to bomb Russia, Chinese media say
Ukraine's Poroshenko signs decree to terminate Treaty of Friendship with Russia
Ukraine's Poroshenko signs decree to terminate Treaty of Friendship with Russia
Putin speaks about God and warns Ukraine
Putin speaks about God and warns Ukraine
How Russia can respond to Israel following Ilyushin Il20 shootdown
Russia obediently sells RD-180 rocket engines to USA if and when requested
Russia obediently sells RD-180 rocket engines to USA if and when requested
Russia mourns victims of Ilyushin Il-20 shootdown
53 million Russians may lose their jobs within a few years
How Russia can respond to Israel following Ilyushin Il20 shootdown
MiG-31 supersonic fighter jet crashes in Central Russia, pilots eject
MiG-31 supersonic fighter jet crashes in Central Russia, pilots eject