Relief Work Resumed.

From Dawn:

MUZAFFARABAD: Vital helicopter flights carrying food, blankets and tents to untold numbers of survivors of the earthquake in northern Pakistan resumed on Monday as lashing rains which compounded their misery ended. It’s been nine days since the earthquake pulverised the mountains of Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province, and helicopters were the only means of getting aid quickly to the traumatised survivors. Mules, horses and donkeys were also trying to get into areas of NWFP and the Neelum and Jhelum valleys of Azad Kashmir. A steady trickle of people, some of them carrying injured, continued to emerge from the hills, overwhelming hospitals where doctors were working round the clock. All too often, they were being obliged to amputate limbs after broken bones untreated for too long turned gangrenous and the confirmed death toll — now nearly 40,000 with 65,000 injured — was expected to rise substantially. There were also fears of disease from ruined sewage systems and drinking water sources after the earthquake, which killed another 1,300 people died in occupied Kashmir.

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