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Quake aftermath: Relief and Rescue operations still underway in North Western Pakistan


Earth quake in Pakistan

Authorities continue the relief efforts in the quake hit areas of Pakistan after the deadly earth quake jolted the country on October 26, 2015.

The authorities of the National Disaster Management are striving in the areas badly struck by the earth quake. Relief and rescue operations are still under way in devastated areas in Northwestern areas of the country. Moreover, the Met Office has predicted more rainfall and snowfall in upper areas of Pakistan.

With the predictions of rainfall and snowfall, the victims are expected to suffer more. Moreover, the relief and rescue operations might see hardships. Thus far, the death toll has soared above 200. Along with deaths, hundreds were injured, houses got demolished.

Ahmad Kamal, spokesperson of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), stated that the all the government machineries are working if full capacities to make sure that the rescue and relief operations are underway.

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He said while being interviewed by Radio Pakistan that all the concerned departments of the government were working in harmonization and in their full potential to help the victims of the earth quake. Moreover, he stated that helicopters were in use to transport relief goods to the victims.

He said that the relief agencies were distributing winter clothes, food, blankets and tents as there are predictions of snowfall and rain in coming days. By providing these things to the victims, it has been made sure that they will not have to spend winters under open sky.

According to the Met Office, in Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat, Buner, Malakand, Shangla, Batagram, and Manshehra Districts will have cold and dry weather in next 24 hours.

Moreover, the Met Office, has predicted rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills for the Malakand division. Moreover, rain-thunderstorm coupled with blustery winds is expected in Malakand and Hazara divisions. Moreover, predictions of cold and dry weather have been made for Astore, Diamer, Gilgit, Ghizer, Hunza and Nager Districts. Rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills is expected in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Moreover, Ahmad Kamal said that rain and snowfall in northern areas would add to quandary of earthquake victims, especially those who in hill stations and who have not been approached by the relief operations teams. Moreover, according to him, majority of the areas affected by the earthquake were hilly areas.

It and it was difficult for the relief operations teams to reach people in these areas. “All arrangements have been made in earthquake-hit areas to coup with the situation during the expected rain and fall as well.”