MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit the southern Mirpur district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Monday (today) to express solidarity with the victims of the earthquake that shook the city by the lake and its adjacent areas on Tuesday, officials said on Sunday. .
The prime minister would receive an information session on the losses, as well as rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures taken by AJK officials at the helipad, after which he would drive to the hospital of the division headquarters to ask about the health of Some of the survivors who were treated there. said Chaudhry Mohammad Tayyab, division commissioner for Mirpur.
According to Mr. Tayyab, the death toll from the earthquake increased to 40-38 in the Mirpur district and two in the neighboring Jhelum district of Punjab, while the number of people with serious and minor injuries was 172 and 680 , respectively, in the Mirpur district.
The death toll in the tragedy has increased to 40
Of those seriously injured, 27 were still being treated at the Division Headquarters Hospital and three at the Combined Military Hospital, Mangla, while the rest had been discharged, he said.
On Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced compensation of Rs 500,000 for each person killed in the earthquake in AJK and Punjab.
Tayyab said the checks for the amount would be distributed among the dependents of the deceased on Monday, probably by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, who had arrived in Mirpur to receive Khan.
However, no announcement has yet been made about compensation to the injured or those who had suffered property losses, either from the federal government or the AJK government.
In accordance with the Natural Calamities and People in Difficulties Act of AJK of 2011, the compensation for each deceased or injured person is Rs150,000 and Rs50,000, respectively. The compensation for the destroyed or damaged concrete house is Rs100,000 and for the katcha house Rs60,000.
On Sunday morning, the president of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Lieutenant General Mohammad Afzal, chaired a meeting at the office of the division commissioner on activities related to aid and rehabilitation, after touring the affected areas.
He promised that the NDMA would use all available resources for the rehabilitation of earthquake victims.
"I am familiar with this area and we will not leave stone unturned to return earthquake victims to normal life," he said at the meeting.
Separately, at a press conference, Commissioner Tayyab said that the area affected by the earthquake had been divided into six zones in order to assess aid needs and into seven areas for the study of infrastructure losses.
Up to 22 teams, made up of 107 officials, were working for the property loss survey, a task that would be completed within the next 10 days, he said, adding that these teams would collect information pro, along with pictorial evidence.
The AJK Information Technology Board had also developed an application to assess infrastructure losses, he said.
Mr. Tayyab said that, according to preliminary reports, some 454 concrete houses and 1,200 katcha houses (made of mud and bricks) had been destroyed and another 6,660 concrete houses and 500 katcha houses were partially damaged.
In addition, 140 school buildings and 200 vehicles were damaged and around 500 cattle died, he said.
However, Mr. Tayyab said the number of affected buildings, both destroyed and damaged, will likely increase after completing the survey.
He said that so far, 2,380 tents and other household items, including 5,000 food packages, had been distributed among the victims.
It was decided that from now on aid items would not be deposited in warehouses, but would be sent directly to the affected areas for distribution, he said.
Posted in Dawn, September 30, 2019