Saturday, October 08, 2005

Pakistan - Death toll rises as rescue efforts begin

1,337 people are now confirmed dead in Saturday's earthquake. The quake was felt as far away as India and the damage throughout Pakistan, India, Kashmir and Afghanistan is substantial. Rescue efforts are ongoing in many areas with CNN showing live pictures of operations at a collapsed apartment building in Islamabad, Pakistan. Jack Straw, the British Foreign Secretary, has said that rescue workers have been dispatched to the area. There have been at least 9 aftershocks of significance, some as high as 6.3 on the Richter scale. The situation is worsening in Mexico and the surrounding area which has been ravaged by bad weather over the last few days. At least 800 people have died today alone in a major mudslide in Guatemala. And the clear up continues in Louisiana, USA following the devastation left by hurricane Katrina. Levies need to be rebuilt before next year's hurricane season. And the sooner they are rebuilt, the sooner the inhabitants can rebuild their homes.
[19:11 GMT 08/10/2005]

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