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Aid Starts Reaching Thousands in Quake-Hit Pakistan

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Aid has started reaching some of Pakistan's thousands of cold and hungry earthquake survivors, as helicopters, trucks and even donkeys are used to bring help to Himalayan villages cut off for nine days. After two days of heavy rain grounded flights, Monday's sunny weather let dozens of helicopters scour the mountains where, aid workers warn, thousands could die within days without food, tents, blankets and medicine. Red Cross officials tell VOA that there are still more than 30 areas in Pakistani Kashmir where helicopters cannot land and only airdrop aid packages. They say residents are trying to build make-shift helipads for the aircraft to land. The central government in Islamabad says the death toll has crossed 40-thousand, but Kashmiri leaders estimate that it is higher than that. They point to places where the rubble is still untouched. Monday, two US Navy vessels brought 25 dump trucks, cargo trucks, excavators and other heavy equipment to the southern port of Karachi to help Pakistan cope with the tragedy. India has sent a third consignment of 182 tons of relief supplies by train to Pakistan, including blankets, tents, plastic sheets, medicines and fortified biscuits.
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