ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Aid organizations in Kashmir shifted from search and rescue to relief Friday as hopes faded of finding survivors of last week's earthquake.
Tent cities were being set up in Pakistan for thousands left homeless.
On Friday, six days after the quake shook Kashmir and neighboring areas in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, hundreds of remote villages remained cut off, the BBC reported.
"I fear we are losing the race against the clock in the small villages," said Jan Egeland, the U.N. official coordinating the international response.
Five sites with food, electricity and heating will open near Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told the BBC. He said aid had reached most of the remote areas hit by Saturday's quake in Pakistani-run Kashmir but the Neelum Valley remained totally cut off from the outside.
Officials say the death toll could go as high as 40,000. Thousands may also be left maimed with doctors reporting that many wounds and broken bones have turned gangrenous, requiring amputation.
The United Nations says an estimated 2 million people need new housing and 1 million are in urgent need of help.