PM reaches AJK, briefed over relief work, damage in quake-hit areas

Published: September 30, 2019
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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced a relief package for the earthquake-affected people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) after a powerful tremor in the region killed at least 39 people.

Death toll climbs to 37 as aftershocks continue in AJK

The premier reached AJK earlier today – after returning to the country from the United States – to express solidarity with the victims of the calamity. The premier chaired a meeting in Mirpur and was briefed relief activities in the region and the damage suffered following the quake.

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AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur and National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lieutenant General Mohammad Afzal also attended the meeting.

The meeting discussed in detail the strategy for rehabilitation of quake victims.

Prime Minister Imran also visited District Hospital Mirpur where he was given a detailed briefing about the health of those injured in the calamity.

“A package is being prepared for the rehabilitation of earthquake affected people of AJK,” said the premier and assured to take immediate and every possible steps for the quake victims.

“I got to know about the earthquake at UNGA and I wanted to visit you immediately but alas my flight from the US got a bit delayed”, PM Imran added.

More than 35 people had died in the earthquake that rocked Mirpur on September 24. The 5.6-magnitude earthquake – which also shook several cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) – also injured some 459 people, confirmed Mirpur’s district administration.

The government has already announced Rs500,000 each for the families of earthquake victims.

‘Govt stands with AJK’

Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan said the government would provide all possible assistance to the AJK government for early rehabilitation of quake-affected people and compensation of the damages.

In a series of tweets on Monday, she said the government was standing with the people in quake-hit areas.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting Azad Kashmir today to sympathise with the people affected by the earthquake.”

Govt announces Rs0.5m each for family of quake victims

She said under the direction of the prime minister “4,632 family tents, 476 shelter tents, 420 full tents, 6,700 blankets, 4,800 food packets, 50,000 water bottles, 500 kitchen sets, 200 mother and child kits and 200 gas cylinders have so far been distributed among the quake-affected people”.

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