Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Death Toll in Asian Quake Soars to 79,000

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"The death toll soared to 79,000 Wednesday from South Asia's mammoth earthquake, following a survey of one of the two hardest-hit Pakistani regions - making it one of the deadliest quakes in modern times.

More aftershocks rattled the region, sending up huge clouds of dust from steep-sided mountain valleys where villages lie in pieces. During a helicopter tour of the ruins, the president promised new, quake-ready houses for the homeless. ...

At Nanseri, a village four miles from the Line of Control in Kashmir, injured people were still emerging from their communities _ making arduous journeys across towering mountains, with relatives carrying their loved ones on their backs or in wooden-and-twine beds."

Matthew Pennington "Death Toll in Asian Quake Soars to 79,000" AP via October 19, 2005.

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