Meeting reviews relief efforts for quake victims


On the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday chaired a meeting to review the Balochistan earthquake relief work.
The NDMA chairman, the ERRA DG, the NADRA chairman and senior officials of the PM Office attended the meeting.
The NDMA chairman informed the meeting that as per initial assessment 5,000 families are affected and around 125,000 houses are partially or completely damaged due to the earthquake.
The Pakistan Army, the FC and civilian administration are working round the clock to distribute the relief goods. He also said that the terrain of the area was very inaccessible and there are difficulties in reaching out to the affectees.
The meeting was informed that Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Balochistan Earthquake Affectees has been established and donations can be made to this fund in all scheduled banks.
Moreover, a total of nine aid collection points in various cities have been established i.e. five in Karachi, six in Lahore, one each in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Quetta, where the people can donate items.
Nisar, while briefing the media, said that unfortunately 375 deaths and 815 injuries have been recorded so far. As per directions of the PM each and every household is to be reached out and in this regard initial supply of at least one month ration is to be delivered to each affected family.
He said that an estimated 18,000 food packs have been delivered in Awaran and almost the same number was en route. There are medical teams on the ground with 52 doctors, 71 paramedics and 41 ambulances. China has donated 3,350 tents and 20,000 blankets along with generators, water purification plants and life saving drugs.
The minister directed the officials to proceed to Balochistan and prepare a consolidated assessment and rehabilitation plan that would be presented immediately to Nawaz on his return from abroad.