UN Seeks Tsunami-type Urgency in Quake Relief

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UNHCR staff in Islamabad offload tents bound for
earthquake victims in disaster-affected areas of Pakistan.

“A top U.N. official called for more urgency in the world’s response to the Kashmir earthquake, saying millions were suffering from a disaster that hit more people over a wider area than the Asian tsunami.

“We need to have a sense of urgency here like we had in the tsunami,” the U.N.’s chief emergency relief coordinator Jan Egeland told Reuters in an interview after touring the disaster area in Pakistani Kashmir and Northwest Frontier Province.

The official death toll from Saturday’s quake is 25,000 but is expected to rise. Some local officials in Pakistan say it could exceed 40,000. Another 1,200 died in Indian Kashmir.” [Read more]