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Pakistan quake death toll reaches 73,276

Islamabad, Nov 2, IRNA-Death toll from Pakistan's earthquake reached 73,276, the country's relief commissioner said on Wednesday.

Federal Relief Commissioner Major General Farooq Ahmed Khan said that 69,260 others were injured in the October 8th devastating quake that hit Kashmir and parts of northwest frontier province (NWFP).

Asked about the quantum jump in the death toll, he said that many bodies were recovered during the last two days as operation to remove the rubble has been stepped up.

He said that a total of 2775 villages were affected by the quake and the Pakistan army has accessed to 2734 villages and 41 are still remaining.

He said that foreign pledges stands at dlrs 2.051 billion that also include assistance, goods, grants, food aid, soft credit and pledges against UN Flash Appeal.

Listing priorities, he said that one tent for one family is the immediate priority.

He said two medical and rehabilitation centers are required for Kashmir and NWFP.

Besides, two air ambulances are also needed for speedy evacuation of casualties. He said that four mobile operation theaters and hospitals are also required.

The Federal Relief Commissioner said that a total of 31 tent villages have been set up in NWFP with 17,979 occupants and 27 in Kashmir with 18,023 occupants.

Major General Farooq Ahmed Khan said that all fixed telephone lines in NWFP have been restored while out of 20,294 lines affected in Kashmir 2831 are still required further repair.

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