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Last Updated: Tuesday October 11 2005 11:07 GMT

Children pulled from quake rubble

Six-year-old Sultan is being treated by doctors and volunteers after he was dug out of his collapsed school building in Balakot, Pakistan.
Five children have been rescued alive from underneath the rubble of their school in earthquake-hit Pakistan.

A French rescue team used sniffer dogs and special cameras to free the four boys and one girl on Tuesday morning. About 100 children are thought to have been in the school in Balakot when the earthquake hit on Saturday.

More than 20,000 people are feared to have died in the quake, which hit 7.6 on the Richter scale, and affected Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

A Pakistani school girl is rescued from her collapsed school building in Balakot.

The rescued children are now being treated for their injuries, but most of them are minor.

Balakot was one of the worst-hit areas by the earthquake and hopes of finding any more survivors are fading.

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