Rice Expects More U-S Aid For Earthquake-Ravaged Pakistani Regions

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is adding a stop in earthquake-hammered Pakistan to her trip to Central Asia.

She's flying there from neighboring Afghanistan, where she told reporters today the U-S will probably be sending more aid. Tens of thousands of people are believed to have been killed.

Eight U-S military helicopters have been sent in from Afghanistan to shuttle emergency supplies to the earthquake zone. The Pentagon says 25 to 30 more choppers will be there in days, along with earthmovers, bulldozers and other requested help. The U-S is also contributing 50 (m) million dollars.

Rice plans to confine her Pakistan visit to the capital, staying out of the damaged region to avoid getting in the way.

At her news conference in Kabul, Rice brushed off rocket attacks just hours before her arrival, saying, "It happens from time to time."

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