Saturday, October 08, 2005

Earthquake Kills 30,000 Across South Asia

BALAKOT, Pakistan (AP) - Villagers desperate to find survivors dug with bare hands Sunday through the debris of a collapsed school where children had been heard crying beneath the rubble after a massive earthquake killed more than 30,000 people in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir alone.

``I have been informed by my department that more than 30,000 people have died in Kashmir,'' Tariq Mahmmod, communications minister for the Himalayan region, told The Associated Press. Saturday's magnitude-7.6 quake also struck India and Afghanistan, which reported hundreds dead.

Pakistan's army called the earthquake the country's worst-ever disaster and appealed for urgent help. Rival India, the United States, the United Nations, Britain, Russia, China, Turkey, Japan and Germany all offered assistance.

[Original Story]

God Bless those affected.