Pakistani Relief Efforts Stalled in Hardest Hit Areas
Six days after last Saturday's deadly earthquake in Pakistan, relief efforts remain stalled in some of the hardest-hit areas. In the town of Balakot, about 15 kilometers from the quake's epicenter, the survivors are still desperate for emergency assistance.
U.N. officials say aid workers are in a race against time to save thousands of earthquake victims stranded in remote mountain villages near the epicenter.
Conditions in Balakot suggest they are losing, and losing badly.
Traffic out of town is at a standstill. This ambulance has been stuck for nearly five minutes.
Aid workers say part of the problem is the thousands of volunteers who are driving here hoping to lend a hand.
Unfortunately, their good intentions are having dire consequences, clogging roads and keeping emergency supplies and professional rescue teams from reaching Balakot.