Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Quake & its aftermath

From the HT:

They were buried alive in their bunkers guarding the nation's borders, for many more their homes became their graveyards as a killer earthquake struck large parts of the Kashmir valley leaving over 250 people dead and nearly 650 injured.

"It was like a land tsunami," said a grieving survivor looking around flattened and partially damaged houses, 1,100 in all, and the injured been rushed to the nearest medical facilities.

About 37 army jawans and four BSF personnel were killed when their bunkers and barracks on the Line of Control collapsed.

From PTI:

The worst affected districts were Baramulla, Kupwara, Srinagar and Poonch which also reported most injuries.

More than 145 people died in Baramulla, over 50 perished in Kupawara. Fortyone security personnel -- 37 armymen and four BSF jawans -- were buried alive in Uri sector when their bunkers and barracks collapsed. Seven people were killed in Srinagar, while 17 died in Jammu division -- mainly in Poonch and Udhampur.

Official sources said the death toll was continously mounting as reports started pouring in from far off places which got cut off from the rest of the valley.

And PTI again :

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight spoke to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and offered all assistance in the earthquake-relief work in the neighbouring country.

And PTI yet again:

Pakistan tonight said it was not averse to coordinate with Indian army in providing relief to quake-hit people on both sides of the LoC and the two armies could use the hotline facility if needed.
"We have a lot to do on each side. The hotline do exist between the two armies as you may know. If there is need to coordinate something, the channels are open on both sides," Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said when asked whether Pakistan was open for coordination with the Indian army in relief operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

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