PESHAWAR, 27 October: The death toll of Monday’s earthquake in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA mounted to 230 on Tuesday.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said reports of 197 deaths from different parts of KP and over 30 deaths from FATA have been received so far and over 1,500 injured people have been brought to hospitals. The earthquake also killed eight people in Gilgit Baltistan, five in Punjab and one person in Azad Kashmir. Malakand division of KP and Bajaur Agency of FATA were most damaged by the quake.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said mobile phone network had been disconnected in many quake affected areas and no contact could be established with these areas so far. It fear that the death toll may increase further.

The FDMA, PDMA and FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) have dispatched relief items to the affected areas. All the concerned departments and the Pakistan Army soldiers are actively taking part in the relief activities.

The KP government has announced Rs300,000 compensation for the heirs of those who lost lives in the earthquake and Rs100,000 each for the injured people. The provincial government will also give Rs80,000 each to the owners of damaged houses.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in telephonic conversation with KP Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan and Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has directed them to personally monitor relief activities in the affected areas.

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