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10 October, 2005 - Published 11:16 GMT
Pakistan rescue work
Earthquake damage
Earthquake damage

The Pakistani military authorities have increased their relief and rescue work in its administered part of Kashmir. The major focus of the relief and rescue work is still Muzzafarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir, which has been severely hit by the earthquake. This report from Zaffar Abbas:

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The epicentre of the earthquake was not far from Muzzafarabad and it has turned large parts of the city into ruins. Almost every second building has collapsed and most others have been severely damaged. This has thrown hundreds of thousands of people out on the streets -- many of whom have spent their second consecutive night out in the open. But with the re-opening of a major road link, help has started to pour in.

A number of foreign rescue teams have also arrived and their presence is making a difference. Members of the UK-based charity, International Rescue Corps, have used life-detecting sensors to locate a thirteen-year-old boy from under the rubble. They are now searching for more survivors. Rescue teams from Turkey are also involved in similar work. But with thousands already dead, many here have been highly critical of the government's relief efforts and say it's too little, too late.

Zaffar Abbas, BBC News, Muzzafarabad

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fallen down

out in the open
not inside a building but outside on the streets or in fields

to pour in
to arrive in large numbers

making a difference
having a positive impact

life-detecting sensors
special equipment which can find signs of life

to locate
to find

the rubble
the remains of buildings which have fallen down

people who were not killed but who might be trapped

have been highly critical of
have had a lot of complaints about

relief efforts
work to give help to those who need it

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