Relief & rescue operation in full swing in quake-hit areas,NA informed

Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed on Friday that relief and rescue operation in quake ffected areas of Awaran and Kech areas of Balochistan is in full swing and there is no shortage of relief goods.

In a policy statement‚ in the House Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said the affected people have requested that relief and rehabilitation work must be carried out under the supervision of Army.

He said about one hundred thousand people have been affected by the earthquake.

The Minister said thirty doctors including female gynecologist have arrived in the affected areas to provide treatment facilities to the victims.

He said Pakistan Army has also established an Operation Room in quake affected areas.

The Minister said the government has not yet sought any foreign assistance but he appealed the NGOs and philanthropists to come forward and play their role for the relief and rehabilitation of affected people.

Meanwhile‚ Chairman‚ National Disaster Management Authority‚ Saeed Aleem has said rescue and relief operations have been geared up on the directive of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to provide immediate relief to the quake-hit people in Balochistan.

In an interview‚ he said helicopters have also been pressed into service to ensure help to the victims on time.

He said an army hospital has been set up in Awaran to provide medical assistance to the injured people. The NDMA Chairman said the relief goods including tents‚ food items‚ medicine and drinking water are being distributed among the people affected by the quake.

Meanwhile‚ briefing newsmen in Quetta a Balochistan government spokesman Jan Mohammad Bulaidi said disruption of the communications system in the scattered populated and remote areas is hampering the rescue operation launched by the federal and provincial governments in collaboration with Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps.

He appealed to the federal government to allow international humanitarian organizations to initiate rescue and relief efforts on their own.

He said more than sixty doctors are providing medical aid to the injured people in Awaran and Kech districts.

Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority Hafiz Abdul Basit said that sixty-two trucks carrying two thousand six hundred ninety tents‚ five thousand three hundred blankets‚ two thousand nine twelve food packets and three thousand nine hundred water bottles and other essential items have been dispatched to the quake-hit districts.

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