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International Aid Efforts Continue in Quake-Stricken Afghanistan - 2002-03-31


Bad weather is not stopping international aid efforts in northern Afghanistan's earthquake-stricken Hindu Kush mountains.

News reports say a German, Dutch and Danish military team of mine clearers and medical workers is on its way to cut-off areas around the town of Nahrin to bring the first aid to thousands of isolated victims.

Local Afghan commanders are reported to have given the team maps of known minefields. But a German spokesman is quoted as saying Monday's earthquake and its aftershocks are likely to have shifted the soil and obliterated warning signs.

Aid workers also are trying to help thousands of frightened people who remain in the open on freezing hillsides.

Three international mobile hospitals opened Friday in Nahrin, where doctors and medics have been treating wounded survivors.

Rain has made dirt roads treacherously muddy.

U-N officials say the earthquake has killed at least 800 people.

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