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Last Updated: Wednesday October 12 2005 16:45 GMT

UK sends 10m more earthquake aid

Child in India waiting for aid
The British government has said it is sending an extra 10m worth of aid to help the survivors of Saturday's earthquake in Pakistan.

That's on top of the 2.1m which the UK has already promised.

An emergency flight packed with supplies for the survivors of the quake left the UK earlier on Wednesday.

The aircraft will deliver 800 tents and 19,000 blankets to the worst-affected regions of the country. Up to 23,000 people may have died in the disaster.

On top of that, two million people could have lost their homes

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Action Aid
British Red Cross
Care International
Christian Aid
Help the Aged
Islamic Relief
Save the Children
World Vision
Earthquake damage and bad weather have made it hard to get aid through to some survivors and many of them have been sleeping in the open air.

One aid worker said: "The weather is becoming increasingly cold and wet. These tents will help to keep the people warm and dry."

The United Nations has asked for $272m (156m) to help the survivors, and a UK appeal has been launched as well.

A phone line has been set up so that the public can donate cash to help the millions affected.

Many charities are involved in the drive - under the name Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Online donation is already possible on the DEC website.

Disasters Emergency Committee
Telephone: 0870 60 60 900
Click on the link on the right of this page to reach the DEC website

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