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29 Oct 2008 description
report CARE

Quetta, Pakistan Oct. 29 2008 - CARE's emergency team is on the ground in the devastated region of Baluchistan province, near the border of Afghanistan, where a 6.4 magnitude earthquake destroyed houses and killed a reported 500-600 people. The death toll from the quake is expected to rise throughout the day as rescuers recover more bodies from the rubble.

"If the 2005 quake is anything to go by, we could see the death roll rise sharply as more information comes in from the remote areas," said Hasan Mazumdar, CARE's Country Director in Pakistan.

29 Oct 2008 description
report CARE

QUETTA, Pakistan (October 29, 2008) - Hasan Mazumdar, CARE's country director in Pakistan, traveled with CARE's emergency team to the epicenter of yesterday's quake:

As we approached the village, we could see 60 or 70 dead bodies lined up, ready to be buried. There were many children - very small bodies, wrapped in blankets or clothing. It was terrible to see. Another mass grave had just been covered over. In all, the villagers say there were almost 200 people who died here in this village.

I met a man who told me he had four daughters, but now all of them are gone.