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The BBC's Susannah Price
"The fact that Pakistan made the offer and India accepted is being seen as a positive sign"
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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 10:43 GMT
Rival Pakistan offers India help
Pakistan aid
Pakistan has sent tents and blankets
India's traditional rival, Pakistan, has put aside differences with its neighbour to offer relief aid for victims of the Gujarat earthquake.

A C-130 transport plane, carrying 200 tents and more than 2,000 blankets, has arrived in Ahmedabad from the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

The government and people of Pakistan share the grief of bereaved families

Pakistan's military leader, General Musharraf
Two more relief flights are due to be sent out on Wednesday and Thursday.

The BBC's Islamabad correspondent, Susannah Price, says the donation of relief goods is being seen as a positive move by both sides.

Beyond politics

Pakistan was among a growing number of nations stepping forward to provide money, supplies or teams of experts to help India cope with the devastation left by Friday's earthquake.

''I have been saddened at the tragic loss of life and property in the earthquake,'' Pakistan's military leader, General Pervez Musharraf said in a statement after the quake.

Family collects belongs from ruined home
Tents, medicine and water are needed
Pakistani officials said the desperate situation of the survivors in Gujarat transcended political differences.

Islamabad's relief effort followed earlier confusion over whether or not India would accept aid from Pakistan.

Some 12 people were killed by the quake in Pakistan itself.

The United Nations has sent a five-member disaster assessment team to India and said it was ready to help in any way.

The British Red Cross sent 47,000 blankets and Britain has pledged 3m ($4.4m) to help survivors.

A 69-member British rescue team flew to India to help locate people still buried in rubble.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies was preparing to send to emergency hospitals to India once they received initial reports from teams already on the ground.

Sniffer dogs

The Swiss Disaster Corps, which is famous for its expertise in coping with avalanches and earthquakes, has sent a team of 48 rescuers with sniffer dogs as well as 10 tonnes of supplies.

Taiwan, which was hit by huge earthquake which killed thousands, called in a team of 64 rescuers to help look for buried survivors.

The Japanese Red Cross sent 13 medical workers, three of them on Saturday and the rest on Sunday.

China's Red Cross has pledged $50,000 for relief efforts.

US President George W Bush offered his condolences on Friday and said American was ready to assist in any way.

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