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Time Is Running Out for Many Quake Victims in Pakistan

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The U.N.'s emergency relief chief says time is running out for many victims of the massive earthquake that demolished parts of Pakistani Kashmir, and he urged aid agencies to speed up work in remote villages.

U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland, visiting the region six days after the quake hit, says there is an urgent need to coordinate hundreds of organizations involved in the relief operation. He said he is concerned about small villages of northwestern Pakistan that have been cut off by blocked roads.

Mr. Egeland estimates more than two million people were left hungry and out in the open by Saturday's quake that Pakistani officials say killed more than 25,000 people. The officials say 15 to 20 percent of the affected area is yet to be reached to check on casualties.

In neighboring Indian Kashmir, officials say the death toll has risen above 14-hundred, and some 40-thousand homes close to the de facto border have been destroyed.

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