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Last Updated: Monday October 17 2005 06:40 GMT

Quake girl freed after eight days

Earthquake damage
An 11-year-old earthquake survivor has been rescued after spending eight days trapped in rubble in Pakistan.

The girl was saved after her brothers, aged nine and seven, walked miles to raise the alarm. The boys were carrying another sister, aged seven months.

The children's parents are thought to have died in the quake. Rescuers are amazed by the family's story.

Meanwhile, bad weather has held up the effort to help survivors, with many aid flights being grounded.

Almost 40,000 people died when the quake struck on 8 October.

Around 3.3m people have been made homeless.

The girl pulled from rubble came from a village near the town of Balakot

A spokesman for the Pakistan army said the boys were "real heroes".


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