Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Heavy Rain, Hail Slows Quake Aid Effort

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan - Heavy rain and hail forced the cancellation of some relief flights to earthquake-stricken regions Tuesday and survivors scuffled over the badly needed food — the first large-scale aid to make it overland to this devastated city. Officials estimated that the death toll would surpass 35,000.

In the latest of a series of remarkable rescues, emergency workers in the northern town of Balakot pulled a teenage boy from the rubble, 78 hours after Saturday's quake.

"He's alive!" rescuers shouted as people gave the food and water to the boy and kissed him on the head.

Two survivors, a 55-year-old woman and her 75-year-old mother, also were pulled from the rubble of a 10-story apartment building in Islamabad, 80 hours after they were buried. They did not appear to have suffered serious injuries.

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