Govt to announce earthquake relief package after consulting K-P govt: PM Nawaz

Published: October 27, 2015
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PM Nawaz in Shangla. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB.

PM Nawaz in Shangla. EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the government would shortly announce a relief package for earthquake victims.

“We will very soon announce a comprehensive package for K-P after consultation with the province’s government and chief minister,” PM Nawaz said, while addressing quake victims in Shangla.

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The premier said announcing the package after consultation with the provincial government will be beneficial for the people.

“I have received a complete briefing on the incident and I have ordered quick relief efforts for the victims,” he added.

Further, the prime minister said he was aware of the casualties in Malakand district and vowed to compensate those people whose houses have been destroyed in the earthquake.

“I will keep visiting the areas which have been affected by this earthquake,” Nawaz vowed.

The prime minister arrived in Shangla to oversee rescue efforts. Nawaz was briefed about the damage caused in the area, while he also met with earthquake victims.

Rescuers on Tuesday rushed to deliver relief aid to victims of a massive earthquake that hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing at least 275 people over a wide swath of mostly mountainous terrain. In Pakistan, 241 people were confirmed dead.

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An earthquake of magnitude 7.5 had struck Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, sending tremors that were felt in India. The quake was 196 km deep and centred 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in a remote area of Afghanistan in the Hindu Kush mountain range.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Mogambo
    Oct 27, 2015 - 4:42PM

    I believe the PM is late in announcing the package. The KPK Government has already announced that package will be given plus houses will be re-built by KPK Government.

    Maybe it is time for our PM to focus and rebuilt those villages which were destroyed in 2005 earthquake and still not rebuilt.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Oct 27, 2015 - 5:18PM

    @Mogambo:
    Not everything is politics and not everything is competition. Come to your senses.Recommend

  • Atif
    Oct 28, 2015 - 1:16PM

    People need immediately relief not press conferences repeatedly in which PM or Pervaiz Rashid are saying statements like “we are mobilizing resources” or “we are planning to act”….the army is already there quickly while the federal government officials are busy in foreign tours..

    please stop wasting time in conducting unnecessary press conferences and release funds ASAP…Recommend

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