An airlift of aid carried by helicopters into the snowy mountains of devastated Kashmir has averted a second disaster for residents in the aftermath of the earthquake last October that killed more than 80,000 people.
The United Nations declared that the battle to sustain more than three million homeless survivors through the winter had been won, because of a comparatively mild season and a huge quantity of international aid.
Donor countries pledged $6.2 billion for quake relief and reconstruction last November. It was not immediately clear how much of that had been received.
The United Nations has secured only $376 million of the $552 million it sought from donors to sustain emergency relief operations for six months.