PESHAWAR, 2 November: The process of encashment of cheques for the people affected by the last week’s earthquake got underway on Monday.

The relief money announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has been made available to the earthquake-affected people. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) says relief cheques of Rs600,000 each have been provided to the heirs of those who lost life in the earthquake and Rs100,000 each to the injured people in several affected areas. It said Rs200,000 cheques each are being provided to those who were rendered disabled in the earthquake. It said the cheques can be encashed from banks, while the remaining cheques will also be distributed among the affected people within next two days.

The PDMA said a survey of damaged houses has been continuing and compensation for the damaged properties will be paid after the survey. The affected people of FATA can also encash their cheques from today (Monday).

The prime minister, KP chief minister and Governor Mehtab Ahmed Khan will visit the quake-affected areas of Upper Dir and Bajaur Agency today where they will distribute relief cheques among the affected people.

The death toll in the 26 October earthquake in Pakistan has reached 274, including 227 in KP and 29 in FATA.

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