AJK PM visits earthquake affected areas, reviews relief efforts

Dunya News

He also listened to the complains of the earthquake affectees.

MIRPUR (Dunya News) – Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan on Wednesday visited the areas affected by the earthquake and reviewed relief efforts.

During the visit, the AJK PM directed the officials to accelerate the relief efforts.

He also listened to the complains of the earthquake affectees and ordered to resolve those complaints.

Later, talking to media, Raja Farooq said that the tents will be provided to the earthquake affectees at any cost till tonight, adding that the women and children will be provided aid on priority basis.

The AJK PM went on to say that the earthquake is a bigger test and the government will completely rehabilitate affectees.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least 26 persons were killed and more than five hundred injured as 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattled Azad Kashmir and other parts of Pakistan.

Several houses, shops and buildings collapsed in different parts of Azad Kashmir, whereas, images obtained from the affected areas show massive cracks on roads.

Rescue teams rushed to the spot and emergency was also declared at all the hospitals.

Meteorological Department said that according to its assessment, the epicentre of the 5.8-magnitude quake was located near the mountainous city of Jehlum in the Punjab province.

"The quake was 10 kilometres deep and was felt in most of Punjab province, some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The worst hit was Mirpur, Azad Kashmir," Chief meteorologist Muhammad Riaz told.