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NRIs, Pakistanis join hands to help quake victims

A team of 25 specialist doctors, including Pakistanis and an Indian American, are in Pakistan to help the victims.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2005 11:19 IST

A team of about 25 specialist doctors, including Pakistanis and an Indian American, are in Pakistan to help with the relief efforts in that country's quake-hit areas.

According to a release by a representative, the team that left last week includes Americans, Pakistanis, and an Indian American doctor.

Most of the physicians are from Washington but some from Tennessee and New York have also joined the team. Two American nurses have also volunteered for the relief mission.

Khalid Athar and Najam Farzad of the Georgetown University Hospital here spearheaded the mission to put together the team. Most of the medical equipment was donated by George Washington University Hospital here.

The earthquake that hit India and Pakistan Oct 8 had its epicentre in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. It caused widespread damage across Indian and Pakistani Kashmir, wiping out scores of villages and leaving thousands dead and thousands other homeless.

First Published: Oct 18, 2005 11:19 IST