AJK Flood Victims Still Waiting For Relief7 August 2010
Muzaffarabad: State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) is yet to distribute relief goods among flood affectees and to complete its assessment on damages in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), TheNation has learnt. According to well-placed sources in SDMA, death toll has reached 63 while the number of injured person was fifty. Till now the data collected shows that 996 houses were completely damaged, 2,785 were partially damaged, 514 shops were completely destroyed, 291 partially damaged and 313 cattle died as per data compiled so far. Hundreds of families in Neelum Valley and Haitian Districts are waiting for food and shelter. Sources in Neelum and Jhelum Valley informed this scribe that crops and fruit trees planted on miles of land have been destroyed as well. The most affected districts were Neelum Valley and Haitian in AJK. The most affected sub-division of AJK was Sharda. Population along the bank of Shonthar Nala, population located along Tehjian Nala bank (damaged villages, Tehjian, Domail, Laribal) and the population were located at the bank of Dudhnial Nala have been severely affected. The flood also swept the whole market in Tehjian village, sources added. Sources in Neelum Valley and Hattian districts have informed this scribe that the district management teams were doing nothing for the affected communities as yet. The roads have been destroyed in land sliding. The Neelum Valley road heading from Muzaffarabad towards Kel is blocked at 20 places. When this scribe contacted Mehmood Khan Director General (DG) SDMA confirmed the damaged figures and death toll. He said that the disaster had bitterly affected the area in AJK. Highlighting the efforts of the government, he said that on Friday a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister AJK. The Prime Minster revised the compensation packages for all the categories affected in the disaster as follows: For death Rs150,000 will be given instead of Rs50,000; compensation package for damaged house has been increased to Rs100,000 from Rs25,000 and for partially damaged shops compensation has increased from Rs15,000 to Rs50000.