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Relief operation under way in Pakistan's quake-hit areas
Publication Date : 29-09-2013
Despite a militant attack on an army unit in Mashkay and the killing of four FC personnel in Panjgur in a clash with gunmen, relief work was going on in earthquake-stricken areas of Awaran and Kech districts, sources said.
Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, chief secretary and senior army and FC officials have been staying in Awaran to supervise relief and rescue operations.
About 16 NGOs, along with rescue and relief workers, have also arrived in the affected areas.
Officials have claimed that rescue teams and relief workers had reached all affected areas, but sources said some far-flung areas were yet to receive help. Thousands of people are waiting for shelter, food and drinking water. They are living under open sky with temperature soaring to 40 degrees Centigrade.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority and district administration have provided tents but they are far from being enough.
It is not so far clear how many tents were supplied by the National Disaster Management Authority to Balochistan. The NDMA chairman visited Awaran and took aerial view of the affected area.
Official sources said that 25,000 to 30,000 families had been rendered homeless in Awaran and Kech districts because of the powerful quake.
Delegations of the residents of Awaran met the chief minister and apprised him of the delay in supply of relief goods.
Dr Malik assured them that he would stay there till the rehabilitation of all affected people. They would be provided shelter homes until their houses were reconstructed, he said.
Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad said: “We have provided 18,000 tents to the affected people.” Tents sent by Punjab and Sindh chief ministers would reach soon.
Meanwhile, the ISPR said in a handout that Pakistan Army’s relief and rescue operation had been geared up, despite incidents of firing by militants on army teams engaged in relief work. It said the army continued to provide relief to people in inaccessible parts of Awaran.
The ISPR said that 30 tons of food items, 2,500 tents, 1,000 blankets and a huge quantity of medicines and other goods were distributed on Saturday in Awaran, Terteej, Malar, Mangoli, Bazdad and Mashkay.
It said that miscreants in the Mashkay area attacked an army unit, which was engaged in relief operation.
In another incident, four Frontier Corps men were killed and two others injured when militants attacked the FC personnel going to the quake-hit area from Panjgur.