PM directs urgent relief for quake-hit people in far-flung areas


DASU: Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday ordered immediate relief for the earthquake-hit people living in far-flung areas and hilly terrain.

He directed the authorities to take urgent measures including the use of helicopter to drop relief items to the earthquake- affected people stranded at high-altitude mountains.

During his visit to the earthquake-affected areas of Dasu tehsil, the Prime Minister directed the District Coordination Officer Dasu to urgently send a requisition for helicopters to help out the victims rather than waiting for the roads clearance.

The road links in Dasu was badly disturbed after landslide of mountains in the area.

The Prime Minister also directed the DCO Dasu to arrange heavy machinery to clear the road blockade for an uninterrupted supply of relief items.

He expressed concern over the conditions of the shelterless who were also facing severe winter in the area and directed to ensure immediate supply of food, blankets and tents.

The Prime Minister said the local administration should work in coordination with the disaster management officials to facilitate the affected people .

Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif was given a briefing about the losses in the aftermath of earthquake that struck the country on Monday.

The DCO Dasu apprised the Prime Minister that relief and rehabilitation work was in progress in Dasu where 12 persons were killed and a number of houses were damaged.

He informed the Prime Minister that survey teams had been activated for an assessment of losses.

Chief Minister KPK Pervaiz Khattak said that there should be no excuse for unavailability of heavy machinery in the area.

He said that the DCO should have immediately exercised his powers in emergency situation.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed and officials of local administration were present.