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U.N.: Millions Homeless After Earthquake

October 10, 2005

GENEVA (AP) _ More than 2.5 million people have been left homeless by the devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake that shook Pakistan and India, a United Nations official said Sunday.

The region around the city of Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir, was the worst hit.

According to the U.N. team at the site, ``at least 2.5 million people are in need of shelter,″ said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswomen for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Relief.

The office said at least 200,000 winterized tents were urgently needed.

So far, the U.N. agency has set up three emergency centers in Pakistan to coordinate international relief efforts.

The World Health Organization said it has provided Pakistan with two emergency health kits, which will provide essential medical supplies to care for a total of 20,000 people for three months.

It said it would send five more kits as well as packages to cover 1,000 surgical operations in coming days. The kits will help Pakistan cope with injuries even though hospitals have been destroyed and health workers are among the casualties, WHO said.

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