Published On: Wed, Oct 28th, 2015

Nawaz proclaims relief package to the affectees of quake


Nawaz proclaims relief package to the affectees of quake

The earthquake has raised death toll. The trembled in northern parts of Pakistan on Monday has risen to 255 while 1,697 are accounted wounded throughout the country.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) stated that at least 9,209 houses were smashed in the exaggerated areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province being the worst-hit with 208 deaths, 1,518 wounded and at least 8,453 houses broken.

Nawaz proclaims relief package

Nawaz proclaims relief package

Whilst speaking to a press conference in Peshawar, Prime Minister Nawaz pronounced a Rs0.6 million relief package for those killed in the earthquake.

Moreover, he proclaimed Rs0.1m for every person wounded in the catastrophe.

The premier stated that every person who is handicapped by the quake would get Rs0.2m whereas Rs0.2m was proclaimed for constructing the houses damaged in the quake.

The premier stated that “Owners of partially damaged houses will get Rs0.1m to repair their shelter”.

Replying to a query, the premier reconfirmed that the aid package was proclaimed for the people who are affected in KP, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan although the payments will be communal by the federal and provincial governments.

The cheque allocation is to initiate Monday and affected people will get the money via bank counters made near relief camps.

“We would have started it (cheque distribution) today, but to keep the process transparent, a verification committee has been set up to identify actual affectees and assess damages,” said Nawaz.

It is declared by the PM that confirmation committee will encompass a neighboring inhabitants, a military force employees and a federal government spokesperson as the relief allocation will be accomplished till Thursday.

The primary quake that hit the country at 2:09 pm Monday has been pursued by numerous aftershocks, calculating as elevated as magnitude 4.8, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

PM Nawaz ordered for 2,000 tents to be provided to the earthquake-affected places rapidly after the quake.

Moreover, an MI-17 helicopter was located at the clearance of the KP government to take out relief works.

“A nine-bed mobile hospital with a team of surgeons will be dispatched to Dir immediately,” read a statement issued by the PM House.

A catastrophic cell was instantaneously produced to synchronize with all federal, civil, military and provincial agencies for smash up evaluation, salvage, and relief works.

Joint Secretary Prime Minister Office Kazim Niaz is the head of the cell whereas NDMA, particular Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) were created a portion of the cell.

The army spokesman, Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said that helicopters and military planes were carrying relief equipment and military engineers were functioning on renovating communication lines interrupted by landslides,

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has presented free carrying of relief commodities to the federal government and the NDMA from domestic and international destinations.

It is said that “Pakistan International Airlines is ready to provide assistance, if necessary for the people of earthquake-affected areas.”

Affectees seek government help to rebuild homes

The Pakistani town nearest to the epicenter is Chitral, and one of the worst destroyed towns is Shangla, where 70-year-old Zurqun Nain said his extensive family was living at a sibling’s home subsequent to the quake smashed his house. “I had my own home before the earthquake. Now I am homeless at this old age,” he said.

The PM went to Shangla on Tuesday and was said that at least 49 people were lost their lives and 80 were wounded in the town after the quake.

One more inhabitant, Said Alam, stated that his family was still waiting for government help.

On Monday quake trembled buildings in the capital, Islamabad, and cities somewhere else in Pakistan and Afghanistan for up to 45 seconds in the early afternoon, causing fractures in walls and reason blackouts.

“More than 2,000 people were injured in Monday’s temblor, which also damaged more than 4,000 homes in Pakistan” officials said.

The military said in a statement that “engineers succeeded in reopening portions of the Karakoram Highway blocked by landslides caused by the quake. It allowed authorities to begin transporting relief supplies to affected areas in the northern regions, where dozens were killed and hundreds of others left homeless”.

The last earthquake which was 7.6 magnitude quake and hit Pakistan on Oct. 8, 2005, killed more than 80,000 people and leaving more than 3 million homeless, most of them in the northwest of the country and in the divided region of Kashmir.

“That quake was much shallower — 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the surface of the earth, compared to the depth of 213 kilometers (130 miles) on Monday — and thus caused greater damage”, said Mohammad Hanif, an official at the Meteorological Department.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.