‘Pakhtunkhwa govt releases Rs 3bn for quake-hit districts’
PESHAWAR – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Saturday released Rs 3 billion for October 26 earthquake affected districts of the province for payment of compensation to quake victims through special counters of National Bank of Pakistan.
Special Assistant to Pakhtunkhwa chief minister for Information and Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani said that special counters of National Bank have been established in 12 quake affected districts that would pay compensation amount to the victims and complete the process in 30 days. He informed that Rs 20 million was provided to district administration Nowshera, Rs 40 to district administration Kohistan and Rs 10 million to district commissioner Battagram, adding that the amount would be spend on relief activities.
He said that the Pakhtunkhwa government is taking pragmatic measures to support the quake victims and for this purpose all government machinery and supporting agencies are playing their due role. He said that officials of PDMA, Pakistan Army and local representatives are actively engaged in relief activities so that the quake victims could resettle before the start for extreme cold season.
Ghani said that the government has deployed rescue teams in inaccessible areas where relief operations are in full swing, adding that officials of PDMA and provincial government’s departments are monitoring the relief operations and update the government about every situation. He said that the government stands united with the quake affected people and committed to utilising all available resources till the rehabilitation of each and every quake victim.
He further said that assess of losses is also being ascertained by teams of PDMA and relevant departments, he however, advised the affected people to contact PDAM on emergency numbers or relevant departments if the survey teams couldn’t reach them due to any reason.