ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced Rs.500, 000 payment money for each person killed in the current earthquake in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Punjab. The catastrophic earthquake of 2005 took away everything from the victims
According to the Prime Minister Office (PMO), Mr. Khan prepared the declaration during his telephonic talk with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal who called the former. PM Khan is at present in the United States to attend the UN General Assembly session.
The NDMA chief briefed the prime minister on the most recent situation in Mirpur in the wake of the September 24 earthquake and its aftershocks.
The prime minister was also apprised of the information of loss of lives, injuries, and damage to properties in the affected areas of Mirpur and Bhimber districts in AJK and Jhelum district in Punjab. The catastrophic earthquake of October 8, 2005, shook the entire system in an instant. Tall buildings, schools, markets, homes, and hospitals were reduced to rubble. As a result of the catastrophic earthquake, where billions of rupees worth of property were damaged, thousands of people died.
PM Khan, while expressing sorrow over the loss of dear lives, hurt to properties, and misery of affected people directed the NDMA chairman to give all necessary help to the earthquake victims and utilize all possible resources in this regard.
“In pursuance of the directives of the prime minister, financial assistance amounting to Rs500, 000 have been decided to be disbursed among families of the deceased while financial assistance to the injured and loss of property would be announced in due course of time,” an official press release issued by the PMO said.
The prime minister going to that financial support is provided on an urgent basis, particularly to the families of those who have lost lives due to the earthquake.
He more directed that the measurement of the losses be completed at the earliest to provide assistance to the affected people and restore and recreate communication links and services in the affected areas.
PM Khan has spoken his desire to visit the affected areas to observe the losses and meet the affected people on the first accessible occasion on his return to the country.
The NDMA has also determined to commemorate the National Resilience Day (October 8, 2005) in the affected areas to express solidarity with the earthquake-affected people.
According to the NDMA situation report, the death toll from the shocking earthquake in southern AJK has increased to 38, with the most number of victims belonging to Mirpur district. Other victims belonged to Bhimber and Jhelum districts. More than 500 people are being treated for injuries at different hospitals in AJK, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad.
Different survey teams from the NDMA, Punjab, and local administrations are inspecting the quake-affected sites and making an assessment of loss of properties.