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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 October 2005, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Schoolboy recalls horror of quake
Zhalik Hisha-Khalid
Zhalik said normal food and water supplies had been disrupted
Five days after the South Asian earthquake struck, the harrowing tales from survivors are still emerging.

Zhalik Hisha-Khalid, 15, is a British Kashmiri who has lived in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, for the last three years.

Some 11,000 people have been confirmed dead in that city, which was at the earthquake's epicentre.

Zhalik told BBC News 24 one relative was killed in the quake but his other family members survived.

"I lost my uncle when our printing press fell on top of him. The rest of my family are safe," he said.

Tents, food, water - we don't have any of this at the moment. This is what we need
Zhalik Hisha-Khalid

"I was in my village, I was going towards the school when all of a sudden the earth started shaking and schoolchildren started jumping out of the school.

"Thank God I didn't lose a lot of my friends. I lost one of them - he [was trapped] under a house but all the rest are safe."

The UN official responsible for co-ordinating the international response to the earthquake, Jan Egeland, is visiting Muzaffarabad.

Zhalik said Mr Egeland should be trying to get more resources delivered to the area.

'Everything collapsed'

"I am encouraged because aid is arriving but I think there should be more aid from other countries," he said.

"Tents, food, water - we don't have any of this at the moment. This is what we need," he said.

"There was spring water here at first but... everything collapsed upon everything and now we don't have any of that.

"We had natural food, we had food imported from Islamabad. But as soon as the roads closed we [didn't have any] of that."

Zhalik said Muzaffarabad had been very beautiful before the devastation of the quake.

"But at the moment... it's destroyed, it's not as it was before," he said.


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