NATO air medical teams have surpassed the 3,000-patient mark as they continue their efforts to help victims of the October earthquake in Pakistan, officials said Sunday.

The NATO Air Mobile Medical Teams include an air rescue helicopter from Luxembourg and medics from the Czech Republic, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. They are assigned to the NATO Medical Relief Hospital in Bagh, Pakistan.

The Oct. 8 earthquake killed more than 80,000 people in South Asia, with much of the damage in Pakistan and Kashmir. Thousands were left without access to medical facilities and infrastructure in the areas was destroyed.

In some cases, NATO officials say, medical teams have been airlifted to remote towns by helicopter, then made their way to remote areas by mule train through mountainous terrain.

The teams began operations in November and are expected to continue for several months.

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