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10 Nov 2008 description

By Joe Lapp

When 18-year-old Ata Mohammad awoke in the dark, he didn't know what was happening. The ground was shaking, and the mud house with its timber-beamed roof rattled around him. "I was very frightened," says Ata.

When the quaking ended, Ata and his siblings discovered their father, who had been sleeping on the veranda, was buried beneath the rubble of the collapsed porch roof. They called for help.

31 Oct 2008 description

By Liz O'Neill

In the days following a deadly earthquake in a remote region of Pakistan, women and children are facing severe health hazards, according to assessments by Catholic Relief Services' emergency response teams on the ground.

Emergency relief workers from CRS and Caritas Internationalis have been conducting assessments in the hard-hit region of Ziarat in southwestern Pakistan since the October 29 earthquake. It is estimated the 6.4-magnitude quake killed 225 people, injured hundreds more, and left nearly 15,000 homeless.