10/08/2005

Pakistan Quake in Remote Area Kills Over 1,000 - New York Times

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ctober 9, 2005
Pakistan Quake in Remote Area Kills Over 1,000
By SOMINI SENGUPTA

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 8 - A powerful earthquake centered in the Hindu Kush mountains of Pakistan on Saturday morning sent tremors across South Asia, flattening villages in remote northern Pakistan, killing hundreds across both sides of disputed Kashmir and shaking houses and high-rises throughout the region.

No firm numbers of casualties were available, but the Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz of Pakistan said that the death toll "could cross 1,000." Details are not expected to emerge until the military reaches the far-flung villages in the North West Frontier Province, where the quake was centered. Three schools collapsed in the province, killing an estimated 650 children.

Also in the same province, Balakot, a picturesque tourist town, was among the communities that were leveled. All told, more than 1,600 were believed to have been killed in the North-West Frontier Province, the provincial police control room reported Saturday night. ..

Pakistan Quake in Remote Area Kills Over 1,000 - New York Times

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