PM Nawaz reaches Peshawar to review post-quake situation

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ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Peshawar to review the ongoing rescue and relief activities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

During his visit, the Prime Minister will be given a detailed briefing on the damages caused by the calamity and the ongoing relief measures at the Governor House, the Radio Pakistan reported.

Later, he will also visit Chitral to meet the quake affected people.

Rescuers are struggling to reach regions stricken by the powerful earthquake, which was centered in Afghanistan s sparsely populated Badakhshan province that borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China. The quake left at least 255 people dead in Pakistan, 115 in Afghanistan and three in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The picturesque Swat Valley and areas around Dir, Malakand and Shangla towns in the mountains of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were hard-hit by the earthquake. Officials said 220 of the victims were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to KP PDMA, more than 1500 people were injured in the earthquake, which also damaged more than thousands of houses across the country.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited the earthquake-hit town of Shangla in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where at least 49 people were killed and 80 injured. He said his government would soon announce a relief package to help quake victims.

Addressing the quake affected people during his visit to Shangla and other areas, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak said relief operation is in full swing in the affected parts of the province to minimize sufferings of the masses.

He said relief goods have been sent to all the affected areas.

He directed the officers of health department to provide best available medical facilities to all the injured.

CM Khattak said the provincial government is planning to strictly implement building construction code to avert such losses in future.

2015-10-28

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