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Radios for PoK quake survivors
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November 02, 2005 02:18 IST

Earthquake survivors in the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir would be given about 5,000 radios in coming days to hear about relief and reconstruction efforts, an official said on Tuesday.

A new FM radio station being set up jointly by the University of the Punjab and the United Nations Children's Fund would provide the radios for free, the official said.

"The new FM network will start providing information to the listeners about relief and reconstruction efforts in the next couple of days," said Syed Asif Hussain, secretary of information for the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir government.

Meanwhile, national broadcaster Azad Kashmir Radio, which was destroyed in the October 8 earthquake, has resumed its service. And state television would restart broadcasting this week, Hussain said.

"Pakistan Television has provided them an outdoor broadcasting van and they will be running live shows from there on Id day," Hussain said referring to the Muslim festival at the end of this week marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

"We believe that the revival of the electronic media here will help create an atmosphere of normality," he said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Tuesday said the death toll from the massive earthquake had risen to more than 57,000.

More than two-thirds of the casualties have been reported from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir while about 18,000 died in North West Frontier Province.

The quake also killed more than 1,300 in India.

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