Rehabilitation phase kicks off in quake-affected areas

Special Rehabilitation phase kicks off in quake-affected areas
39 people were killed and over 700 injured in the 5.8-magnitude earthquake which struck Azad Kashmir and other parts of Pakistan on September 24, 2019. (AN photo by Sib Kaifee)
Updated 27 September 2019

Rehabilitation phase kicks off in quake-affected areas

Rehabilitation phase kicks off in quake-affected areas
  • Pakistan’s disaster management body apprised PM Khan about the situation
  • The prime minister asked the authority undertake damage assessment and provide financial support to those in need

MIRPUR, Azad Kashmir: Pakistan has launched rehabilitation activities in the quake-affected areas of Azad Kashmir and northern Punjab following Tuesday’s devastating seismic activity that claimed more than three dozen lives and left several hundred injured.
39 people were killed and over 700 injured in the 5.8-magnitude earthquake which struck Azad Kashmir and other parts of Pakistan on September 24, 2019.
Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal on Friday briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan about the situation over the phone since Khan is currently visiting New York.
The prime minister was given the details of loss of lives, injuries and damages to properties in the quake-affected region, including districts Mirpur and Bhimber in Azad Kashmir and Jhelum in Punjab, the NDMA said in a statement.
Khan directed that financial assistance must be provided on an urgent basis to those in need, particularly to the families of those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake.
“He further directed that the assessment of losses must be carried out as early as possible to provide assistance to people and restore communication links and other services in the areas,” the NDMA statement added.