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The United Nations has launched an emergency appeal for $272 million to help victims of the earthquake in Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. The BBC reports this appeal aims to cover needs for the next six months, including winter shelter, equipment, food, medicines and transport.

     The northern part of Pakistan was hit hardest by the earthquake. Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz says 23,000 people have died in the country. The Washington Post estimates that a million people have been left homeless.


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