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    MOSCOW, October 11 (RIA Novosti) - A team of Russian pediatric surgeons and pediatricians led by Leonid Roshal, a Moscow pediatrician known for his mediation in several major terrorist crises in Russia, left Tuesday for earthquake-ravaged Pakistan.

    Russia earlier sent three Emergencies Ministry aircraft carrying rescuers and humanitarian aid, including tents, blankets, mattresses, medicine and a mobile 50-bed hospital, to be deployed near Muzaffarabad.

    Twenty Emergencies Ministry doctors and 15 medical staff will work in the hospital. Based on other field experience, the Russian team says they expect to treat several hundred people daily.

    The earthquake hit Southern Asia on October 8, killing between 30,000 and 40,000 people. Local media estimate the death toll at more than 200,000.

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