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U.S. Promises Long Term Support for Quake Hit Pakistan


The United States has promised to stand by Pakistan to help it rebuild after last month's devastating earthquake, as the official death toll rises past 73-thousand.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anthony Wayne said Wednesday Washington's commitment would extend beyond the current crisis, saying the United States will also help to build Pakistan's economy in the future.

The country's top relief official, Major-General Farooq Ahmed Khan, said Wednesday that the death toll from the October eighth quake had risen to more than 73-thousand, with more than 69-thousand people injured. Mr. Khan attributed the sharp increase to the discovery of more bodies in the debris and warned that the death toll could rise further.

Meanwhile, U.S. military helicopters resumed aid operations after being suspended following an apparent attack.

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