More than one month after an earthquake devastated areas of Pakistan's northern Karakoram Mountains, relief supplies are continuing to arrive in the country.
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Background: More than one month after an earthquake devastated areas of Pakistan's northern Karakoram Mountains, relief supplies are continuing to arrive in the country. On Monday (3 February), hundreds of tons of medical supplies (contributed by the U.S.S.R.) arrived at Islamabad airport, south of the disaster area.
The supplies were accompanied by a team of Soviet military officials, who supervised the unloading process.
The U.S.S.R.'s contribution came in conjunction with donations of blankets, food, shelter facilities and money from many other countries, following Pakistan's Premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's appeal for aid for the disaster victims.
Much assistance has been given to Pakistan by brother Moslem states, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Libya. Western nations have also contributed, as have a number of international aid associations, including the International Red Cross and United Nations organisations.
The relief programme has been held up because of poor weather and a series of minor earth tremors. Road links with the disaster area were cut by the earthquake, and conditions for air transport into the mountains have been difficult.