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Snow, Rain Disrupt Pakistan Quake Relief


Pakistani officials say a wintery mix of rain and snow has fallen over Pakistan's earthquake zone today Sunday, disrupting relief operations.

Nearly 20 centimeters of snow fell in some high-altitude areas and up to 32 millimeters of rain fell today in some lower areas.

A Pakistani army spokesman told the Reuters news agency no helicopters could fly in quake-stricken Kashmir because of rain and clouds. International relief officials also said their flight operations had been called off because of the weather.

Thousands of victims from the deadly October 8 earthquake have found shelter in temporary camps, but tens of thousands more remain in high-altitude villages.

U.N. officials have warned cold weather could force some 40,000 people to abandon the villages and seek shelter in already over-crowded cities in the warmer valleys.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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