Published On: Wed, Oct 28th, 2015

Quake made people to bear cold


To evaluate the devastation and to guarantee the exaggerated people of rapid help, the civil and armed forces’ leaders traveled around northern fractions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

To evaluate the devastation and to guarantee the exaggerated people of rapid help, the civil and armed forces’ leaders traveled around northern fractions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday after the deadly earthquake, shocked survivors criticized that they were handling with crippling cold in the open sky without tents and help.

A day after the 8.1 scale earthquake caused at least 238 people dead and 1,618 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata only, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan individually went to Shangla, Peshawar, and Swat.

Whereas the prime minister stated that PML-N councilors in Shangla — the district which experienced the maximum victim toll — that an assistance package was on the anvil, Imran Khan stated that the KP government would help out the exaggerated people and reconstruct their injured homes. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak escorted the PTI chief.

Peshawar Corps Commander Lt-Gen Hidayat Rehman also went to Chitral, Dir, Mingora, and Bajaur Agency to supervise relief conditions. “The army is trying to reach out to every affected person,” he said reporters in Mingora, the headquarters of Swat district.

However, the declarations unsuccessful in collect concern of the people overwhelmed by the shake. The VIP visits supplementary to the depression of the disturbed people as roads in Shangla, Lower Dir, and Swat were closed to assist the leaders’ association.

“The magnitude of the devastation in remote valleys of Upper Dir is colossal. Thousands of people spent the night under the open sky,” Sirajuddin, a TV reporter, said via phone.

“We have not seen any official of the district administration. Survivors immediately need tents to protect them from harsh weather,” he added. Rescue teams of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) or any other Institute have still to arrive at Wray’s valley.

He said the horrified inhabitants were not prepared to penetrate their partially smashed houses and women and children spent the night in the open air. The pretentious people in inaccessible areas of Kohistan, Upper Dir, Chitral, Shangla and Lower Dir are dreadfully waiting for the initiate of relief operations by disaster management agencies.

The federal and provincial governments have still to counter to a great amount of suffering calls from far-flung regions. The KP government has used one helicopter to ferry relief supplies to such places.

People are lacking tents and electricity, and the offended are being referred to Peshawar for healing because district hospitals have neither the apparatus nor skilled people. Public criticized about the shortage of health services in the disastrous places.

Kari mullah, an inhabitant of Lower Dir, took his injured mother to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar. “Hospitals in our hometown are without doctors, medicines and equipment. I had to pay Rs10, 000 to a private ambulance for bringing my mother to Peshawar.”

He said that “my mother had her right thigh broken and was crying in pain all the way to Peshawar.”

Numerous seriously injured people were brought to the LRH’s emergency response center.

Rehan complained that “The government did not provide ambulance service to evacuate critically injured people,” who transported his wounded son from Kohistan district.

On the opposing, leading administrators asserted that relief endeavors had been accelerated, and the government had ample possessions to handle with the tragedy.

Chief Secretary Amjad Ali Khan told Dawn that the KP government had sufficient accumulation of relief substances, counting tents, and the Punjab government had also presented help. “We have enough funds and relief items in warehouses, and the government will compensate all affected people for their loss.”

In the view of the PDMA, 3,952 houses were scratched by the shake. In Chitral, which was deficiently hit, 1486 houses were smashed. It stated that 49 people were taken life in Shangla, 32 in Chitral, 34 in Swat, 23 in Lower Dir, 16 in Upper Dir, 15 in Tor Ghar, 11 in Kohistan and nine in Buner.

The KP government asserted that all possessions had been activated to help the exaggerated people in far-flung places of Malakand division, which bear the most.

Particular assistant to the chief minister, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, told reporters that the PDMA had Rs1.2 billion for relief activities and Rs544 million had been provided to the management in the affected districts.

“The government can also divert funds from its annual development program for relief activities if needed,” he said,

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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.