ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lieutenant-General Muhammad Afzal briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan through telephonic contact in New York and apprised him on the latest situation in the wake of Mirpur earthquake and its aftershocks.
The prime minister was also apprised on the details of the loss of lives, injuries, and damages to properties in the affected areas of districts, Mirpur, Bhimber (AJK) and Jhelum in Punjab.
PM Khan expressed grief over the loss of precious human lives, damages to the properties and suffering of the affected people. He directed Chairman NDMA to provide all necessary assistance to the earthquake victims and utilise all possible resources in this regard.
He also directed that financial assistance be provided on an urgent basis, particularly to the families of those who have lost lives due to the earthquake. He further directed that the assessment of the losses may be completed at the earliest possible to provide assistance to the people, restore and reconstruct communication links and services in the areas.
The prime minister expressed his desire to visit the areas to observe the losses and meet the affected people on the first available opportunity on his return to the country.
In pursuance of the directions of the prime minister, financial assistance amounting to Rs0.5 million has been decided to be disbursed among the families of the deceased, while financial assistance to the injured and loss of property would be announced in due course of time.
The Chairman NDMA has also decided to commemorate National Resilience Day on October 8 in the affected areas to mark solidarity with the people affected by the earthquake.