PESHAWAR, 29 October: Prime Minister Nawaz has announced Rs 0.6 million compensation for the family of each deceased who has died in the massive earthquake on Monday. According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) 267 people have been killed while 1856 injured in the country by devastating earthquake of 7.7 magnitude that hit Pakistan, Afghanistan and India at 2:09 pm on October 26.
It says that at least 11,389 houses were damaged in entire country during the earthquake . Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was badly affected by the deadly earthquake leaving 220 dead, 1,656 injured and at least 10,586 houses damaged, said NDMA.
While addressing a press conference after presiding over a meeting in Governor House Peshawar regarding earthquake situation in the province, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Rs 0.1m would be given to each person injured in the earthquake.
According to the relief package,every individual being disabled by the disaster would receive Rs 0.2m, while Rs 0.2m would be given for building each house destroyed in quake.Owner of each damaged house would get Rs 0.1m to repair their residence.
Nawaz Sharif said that earthquake victims in KP would be assisted and rehabilitated jointly by both provincial and federal governments whereas relief and rehabilitation operation in FATA would be carried out by the latter. He ordered the formation of verification committee, comprising a local resident, a military official and a federal government representative, for distribution of cash among the quake victims till next Thursday.
Later on the Prime Minister along with Chief Minister KP Pervez Khattak and others flew to Chitral to see the damages caused by the earthquake. He announced the reconstruction of roads from Chitral to Shandoor and Bhamber.
Meanwhile helicopters and military planes were transporting relief supplies and military engineers were working on restoring communication lines disrupted by landslides, said Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa, the army spokesman.
Military said in a statement that engineers succeeded in reopening portions of the Karakoram Highway blocked by landslides following the quake. It allowed authorities to begin transporting relief supplies to affected areas in the northern regions, where dozens were killed and hundreds of others left homeless.