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Chief UN Relief Coordinator Tours Pakistan's Quake-Hit Areas

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland is visiting earthquake ravaged areas of Pakistan as aid workers try to reach more remote towns and villages in the affected region.

Mr. Egeland is also to discuss relief efforts with top government officials as well as other aid agencies.

The United Nations says it has set up a center in the city of Abbottabad to feed thousands of survivors, many of whom have been without food or shelter since Saturday's massive 7.6 magnitude quake, which killed more than 23,000 people.

Wednesday, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf expressed regret for delays in relief efforts, saying blocked roads were part of the problem. But he said the relief operation is now fully under way.

In Indian Kashmir, officials say the death toll has risen above 1400. A top regional official says more than 40,000 homes were destroyed in two frontier districts close to the epicenter of the quake.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.