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World Responds to Kashmir Earthquake Disaster

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The international community is responding to urgent calls for help for victims of Saturday's earthquake in South Asia. The World Bank has offered 20 million dollars to hardest-hit Pakistan, while the European Union is giving three-and-one-half million dollars. The United Nations has sent coordinators to the region. Japan and Turkey -- two of the world's most earthquake-prone nations -- are sending relief teams to Pakistan. Tokyo is also sending more than 200-thousand dollars worth of blankets, tents and other supplies, along with medical personnel. Australia has pledged nearly 400-thousand dollars of assistance, while China dispatched a 49-member rescue team with search dogs and equipment. The United States is sending helicopters to help reach areas inaccessible by road and has pledged an initial 100-thousand dollars in emergency aid. Britain, which has a large South Asian community, has offered a medical team and 175-thousand dollars in aid. And Afghanistan is sending helicopters and medicine to neighboring Pakistan.
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