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Last Updated: Friday, 14 October 2005, 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
Girl found alive in quake rubble
PM Shaukat Aziz and President Pervez Musharraf (centre right)
Pakistan's President Musharraf (C) attends prayers for victims
Pakistani rescue workers have pulled an 18-month-old girl alive from rubble six days after South Asia's deadly quake.

The unconscious toddler was revived after being found in Balimang in North-West Frontier Province.

The news came as rescue teams were scaling back operations, fearing no-one else would be found alive.

At least 25,000 are known to have died. The UN says it could be 40,000 and that reconstruction will cost billions of dollars and may take up to 10 years.

The toddler was rescued by a team that had walked 11km (seven miles) to reach a remote village in Balimang.

Team member, Dr Mazhar Hussain, told the BBC villagers had directed them to a spot where they believed people were alive.

The world is helping us, but what are we doing? We are looting their trucks
Abdul Ghafforullah, cleric

The team dug into the rubble and found four bodies, but then pulled the toddler out from underneath a door.

She was given first aid and regained consciousness. The bodies of her mother and two brothers were found nearby. Her father, Mohammed Afzal, survived.

The rescue came as search and rescue teams began pulling out of quake-hit areas to make relief supplies the priority.

The Pakistani government is planning to set up temporary tent cities to shelter up to two million people estimated to have been left homeless by the quake.

Many villages, particularly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, remain cut off.

Plea to donors

On Friday, a leading Islamic cleric accused Pakistan's government of being too slow in its response to the quake.

Abdul Ghafforullah, the top cleric at a mosque in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, also condemned the looting of aid supplies.

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"The technical teams have told us the chance of survival is now less than 2%," he was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

"The world is helping us, but what are we doing? We are looting their trucks," he said.

"If we continue such acts no country in the world will come to rescue us," he said.

Special prayers were said on Friday across both Pakistan and Indian-administered Kashmir. In the latter, at least 1,400 are known to have died.

The UN's top relief co-ordinator, Jan Egeland, met Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday to discuss the quake.

Mr Egeland said earlier of the relief effort: "If we don't work together, we will become a disaster within a disaster. It will take billions of dollars to rebuild... To reconstruct, this will take five to 10 years."

He said the UN's request on Tuesday for $272m from the international community had only drawn pledges of $50m and he urged donors to give more.

Mr Egeland said there had been 134 aid flights and that 50 helicopters and hundreds of trucks were now being deployed to distribute supplies.

Pakistan says it expects to get two million blankets and 100,000 large tents distributed before the onset of winter.

Helicopters have been ferrying hundreds of wounded villagers from outlying valleys into a temporary hospital in the sports stadium in Muzaffarabad.

However, one major fear for the weekend relief work is rain. Senior Pakistani meteorologist, Mohammed Hanif, said: "Rains with thunderstorms will definitely disrupt relief operations in earthquake-hit areas."





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