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Pakistan Hit By Two Strong Aftershocks

Earthquake victims lining up for aid on 18 October 19 October 2005 -- Two strong aftershocks hit northern Pakistan this morning, shaking residents in Pakistani Kashmir and elsewhere who survived the earthquake earlier this month that killed more than 41,000 people.

A 5.8 magnitude aftershock struck at about 7:30 a.m. local time, followed by a 5.6 magnitude tremor about 45 minutes later.

There was no word of any fresh casualties, but the aftershocks were reported to have caused a number of new landslides. Experts say the new landslides could hamper efforts to deliver aid to thousands of people, particularly in Kashmir, who are still waiting for help following the 7.6 magnitude quake that struck the region on 8 October.

In another development, India has welcomed a suggestion by Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf that people in Indian-held Kashmir be allowed to cross the Line of Control and enter Pakistani-held Kashmir to help quake recovery efforts.


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