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Quake survivors face relocation
By Zulfikar Ali
BBC News, Muzaffarabad

A tent village in Balakot, Pakistan
About two million people were displaced by the quake in October
Authorities in Pakistan-administered Kashmir say they are evacuating people from 17 villages in the quake-hit area before the start of the rainy season.

An estimated 2,000 families will be relocated from 15 villages in the Jhelum valley and two in the Neelum valley, officials said.

A top official told the BBC that the October earthquake had loosened the ground and rain might cause landslides.

More than 70,000 people died in the 8 October earthquake.

The chief secretary of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Kashif Murtaza, said people needed to be evacuated and relocated before the monsoon in July.

There are plans to relocate another 7,000 to 8,000 quake-affected families still living in tents, he said.

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