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US Sending Aircraft, $50 Million in Quake Aid

The United States says it will provide up to $50 million to help relieve suffering in the Kashmir earthquake zone, and it also is dispatching helicopters and military cargo planes to help rescuers reach villages that survived the shock.

Leaders around the world are stepping up aid efforts as the full extent of damage and casualties caused by the earthquake becomes evident.

The United Nations has set up centers in Pakistan to coordinate international relief efforts for up to 2.5 million people in need of shelter.

NATO nations are holding an emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss how their peacekeeping force in neighboring Afghanistan can help victims of the quake.

The World Bank has offered $20 million, while the European Union and Australia are giving $4 million each. The Philippines-based Asian Development Bank has offered $10 million in immediate aid to the stricken region.

China, Japan and Turkey are providing rescue teams. Japan also promised to send medical personnel and more than $200,000 in supplies.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.