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31 Mar 2006 description

1. Introduction
In Pakistan, the October 8 earthquake left widespread destruction in the AJK and eastern NWFP. Many people especially women and children were killed, thousands were handicapped and millions became homeless. It hit hard the already fragile economy of the area with the social service delivery and communication infrastructure being badly affected. Vulnerable groups, mainly women and children living in inaccessible mountain areas with low levels of income and service provision, bore the brunt of the earthquake.