Pakistan plane carrying aid joins Afghan quake relief effort
A Pakistani military cargo plane carrying relief goods for Afghanistan's earthquake-affected people landed at the Khost airport Saturday, officials said, as tents, food and medical supplies rolled into the mountainous region.
Thousands were left homeless or injured by this week's powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan, which state media said killed 1,150 people. An aftershock Friday took five more lives.
Among the dead from Wednesday's magnitude 6 quake are 121 children and that figure is expected to climb, said the U.N. children's agency representative in Afghanistan. He said close to 70 children were injured.
Mansoor Ahmad Khan, Pakistan's ambassador in the Afghan capital of Kabul, said relief goods dispatched by Pakistan on Saturday were handed over to Taliban officials.
Earlier, Pakistan's government and a Pakistani charity had sent 13 trucks carrying food, tents, life saving medicines and other essential items to Afghanistan.