The cold hits.

From The News:

Thousands face death in quake-hit Balakot: French aid group

BALAKOT: Thousands of people risk death in Balakot from cold and disease after their villages were destroyed by a massive earthquake, doctors said Sunday. “It’s absolutely urgent right now to send tents to give people shelter. If nothing is done there will be thousands of deaths” in mountain villages, said Thierry Velu, head of the French aid organisation Groupe de Secours Catastrophe Francais. The group, which has spent four days in Balakot, includes a medical unit working with the Pakistani army that found “around a hundred serious cases,” Velu told western news agency. Survivors who went days without care for fractured bones now include “several cases of pneumonia and some serious infections that are going to require amputations,” he said.

Related news item:

Snowfall, rains in quake-hit Mansehra, adjoining areas

MANSEHRA: Heavy rains and snowfall lashed district Mansehra and adjoining mountainous areas Sunday with mercury dropped adding misery to the quake victim in the area. Snow falling in Mansehra, Buttgram and Kohistan bring more hardship for homeless earthquake victims. Several children were frozen to death after snowfall and intense cold in Tehsil Allai of Buttgram district, NWFP Minister for Auqaf and Religious Affairs Maulana Amanullah Haqqani and Shah Hussain Khan MPA told Geo. They said the area was in dire need of tents and blankets to protect quake victims from the rigours of freezing cold. Medical facilities were also unavailable in the region, they said adding that intense cold can further add to the misery of the earthquake victims.

1 Comment so far

  1. Saadie (unregistered) on October 16th, 2005 @ 6:08 pm

    ok this is getting really really serious, not really sure the tents available in carrfour are any good in these weather conditions.

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