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    Turkey aids reconstruction in Pakistan

    Hürriyet Haber
    24.10.2005 - 10:22 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey's plans to help in the reconstruction of Pakistan include building houses, school and hospitals. In a drive to aid the quake stricken region, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday, "Turkey plans to build some 3,000 houses along with schools, hospitals and orphanages in a long-term help to the quake-ravaged country." Turkey has promised the biggest single donation to date of $150 million.

    "Pakistan is facing a grave disaster," Erdogan was quoted by the Anatolia news agency as saying here late Saturday. "We have to quickly take steps to help them."

    "We are planning to build hospitals, schools and orphanages in Pakistan. We also want to construct houses for widows," Erdogan said, putting the number of planned houses at some 3,000.

    More than three million people were left homeless after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Pakistani-controlled Kashmir on October 8, killing more than 53,000 people.

    Turkey is all too familiar with earthquakes, as Over 30,000 people were killed by the devastating earthquake that hit Istanbul in 1999, and therefore was one of the first countries to respond to the disaster, sending search and rescue teams, doctors, food and other relief.


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