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The International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has mobilized international delegates to support Pakistan Red Crescent operations (PRCS). A first seven-member Turkish Red Crescent team left Ankara for Islamabad. It includes logisticians, relief coordinators and specialists in psychological support. Additionally, the IFRC is sending in a five-member coordination team including specialists in relief coordination and logistics later today.

According to government sources, it is feared more than 19,000 people may have died, at least 42,000 may be injured and some four million may be left without shelter, in the country.

The Pakistan Red Crescent teams continue to lead the search and rescue effort in Islamabad where several apartment buildings collapsed. According to the PRCS, some 150 people may still be trapped under the debris. So far 26 bodies were taken out.

The PRCS assessment missions dispatched to the north western frontier provinces were unable to reach the worst-hit areas because of destroyed roads. A jointS assessment team left Islamabad for Pakistan-administered Kashmir earlier today to assess damages and priority needs.

According to government figures, some 600 people have died in India, mainly in the Uri sector of Baramulla, in Indian-administered Kashmir. The Indian Red Cross Society has mobilized some 400 volunteers to carry out rescue and relief work in the worst-affected areas, Baramulla and Uri.

Photo: Many of those driven from their homes are now surviving under plastic sheeting.  Vinay Sadavarte / IFRC