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UN To Help Countries Affected By Pakistan Quake

UN To Help Countries Affected By Pakistan Earthquake

Following a massive earthquake in Pakistan that affected also Afghanistan and India, the United Nations is working with the governments of those countries on an emergency response.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is exploring "ways in which the United Nations can assist in all efforts required to support relief and rescue operations and in subsequent recovery and reconstruction," a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in New York.

The spokesman said Mr. Annan is "deeply saddened by the loss of life and destruction" caused by the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.6 and struck 95 kilometres outside of Islamabad.

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