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UN Says Tents Inadequate for Pakistan Quake Survivors

A senior United Nations aid official says tents used to shelter Pakistan's earthquake survivors are not adequate for the harsh winter setting into the Himalayan region.

Darren Boisvert, the U.N. official in charge of distributing shelter in the quake zone, said Friday more than 420,000 tents have been handed out, but that 90 percent of them have not been winterized. He said some survivors were strengthening their shelters with plastic sheets and blankets.

Temperatures in the high mountains of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir have already fallen below freezing and snowfall is expected to increase in the coming weeks.

The October 8 earthquake killed more than 70,000 people and left nearly three million without shelter.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.