20,000 Dead in Earthquake

By: Aleen Sirgany
By: Aleen Sirgany

Dawn breaks over Pakistan with the sound of airplanes on the runway bringing aid shipments from the United States. At least 20,000 people are dead after Saturday's 7.6 magnitude quake, and that number could double.

MAJ GEN Shaukat Sultan, Pakistani military spokesman, said, "It was daytime when the schools were full of children and it is that place where probably mass causalities might have occurred."

Men are using their bare hands to dig through the rubble of a school trying to rescue the children, trapped inside. It's day three of this makeshift rescue operation. They did find a few children alive, but they warn, they can't reach the rest trapped inside without the government's help.

At least 120,000 people need shelter right away and some aid agencies estimate somefour million people could end up homeless in the wake of south Asia's strongest earthquake in a century.

Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, says, "When crisis hits an ally, another ally steps forward. That is what we have done."

The first shipments of aid were flown in from American military bases in Afghanistan. Now U.S. troops are flying helicopter missions into areas rescuers can't reach because of landslides.


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