Desperate Pakistanis Wait for Quake Aid
Desperate Pakistanis huddled against the cold and some looted food stores Monday as international aid still had not reached remote areas of mountainous Kashmir after a monster earthquake flattened villages, cut off power and water, and killed tens of thousands.
Officials predict the death toll, now estimated at between 20,000 and 30,000, will climb and fear that more could die from exposure or disease with winter just six weeks away. The United Nations has said 2.5 million people near the Pakistan-India border need shelter.
Getting aid to disaster victims quickly is hard, even in the best of circumstances and the Kashmir area wasn't the best of circumstances before the earthquake there.
Pakistan, both harder hit than India and even poorer will have a very tough time helping the survivors and cleaning up the mess. While help is pouring in from all over, including the U.S. Military, that will take time to be effective as well.