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Weather Impedes Quake Relief in Kashmir


Torrential downpours and cold temperatures have forced the cancellation of all airborne relief efforts in Pakistani Kashmir, leaving homeless earthquake survivors waiting for desperately needed aid.

Military officials say the bad weather is likely to cause additional casualties among the homeless, who are now facing a long Himalayan winter.

A military spokesman said the confirmed death toll from the earthquake was 39,422, with 65,038 injured.

Before flights were suspended, a Pakistani military helicopter crashed Saturday while delivering relief supplies to the quake victims in otherwise inaccessible areas, killing all six soldiers on board.

Relief flights were also called off on the Indian side of the divided Himalayan region, where more than 1,400 people died in the earthquake.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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