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The World in Medicine
January 18, 2006

Earthquake Survivors

JAMA. 2006;295(3):265. doi:10.1001/jama.295.3.265-b

Freezing temperatures and snow and cramped living conditions pose a threat to the health of those living in mountainous regions of Pakistan that were affected by the October 8 earthquake, said World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Jong-Wook Lee, MD, MPH, after a visit to the region last month.

The earthquake, which killed 73 000 and seriously injured 70 000 more, left 3 million homeless. The mountainous terrain and cold weather and snow also are hindering efforts to bring relief supplies to those who need them.