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29 Oct 2008 description

SG/SM/11891

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property suffered by the people of Baluchistan, Pakistan, after the earthquake that struck the area this morning. He extends his deepest condolences to the families of those who have been killed, injured or made homeless by the earthquake.

The United Nations has been in contact with Pakistani officials and is assessing the situation in collaboration with them.