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Earthquake death toll rises to 79,000
Updated: 2005-10-19 19:32

In Indian-held Kashmir, the new tremors startled thousands of people in relief camps, including those in the worst-hit Uri and Tangdar districts close to the boundary with Pakistan-held territory. Police said there were no reports of landslides or damage to buildings.

Hundreds of aftershocks have struck the region since the Oct. 8 quake.

"They're not over," said Waverly Person, a seismologist at the U.S. quake center. "For a shallow-depth earthquake like this they go on, sometimes for a year."

In Balakot, villagers scavenged for food, clothes or building material.

"We need help," said resident Basim Qassir. "There's been deliveries, but it's just not enough."

On a tour of Balakot, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said he expected reconstruction of the area to take years, and that the government would try to get prefabricated homes for victims.

In Beijing, the U.N.'s top relief coordinator on Wednesday said the international community was not doing enough to help and should step up relief efforts.
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