NDMA distributes Rs42.4b among disaster hit people in nine years

Islamabad—A sum of Rs 42.4 billion had been distributed among marooned people in various disaster hit areas of the country in last nine years from 2007 to 2016, said National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) official on Saturday.
Talking to APP, he said NDMA has the capacity to distribute relief items among 300,000 marooned persons simultaneously. It has the capacity to store 7,200 ton relief items among disaster hit people while 700,000 ton relief items had been distributed in last nine years.
He said NDMA has trained 7,272 persons about giving quick response in natural disasters. NDMA has also issued over 10 million SMS alerts in vulnerable areas from 2011 to date. NDMA has established six Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams to conduct rescue and relief operation in natural disasters.
He said NDMA has also dipsatched 2000 ton relief items in 10 disaster hit countries including Bangladesh in 2007, China in 2008, Myanmar in 2008, Japan in 2011, Turkey in 2011, Bosnia in 2014, Afghanistan in 2014 and 2015, Nepal in 2015, Tajakistan in 2016 and Sri Lanka in 2010 and 2016.
Furthermore, NDMA had distributed 396,522 mosquito nets, 306,647 plastic mats, 595,508 tons food packs/ Ration, 960,755 Trapulins,12,807 winterised tents for schools, 145,693 tents and 2,672,331 blankets in disaster hit areas from 2007 todate.
‘National Disaster Awareness Day’, was observed around the country on the 11 anniversary of October 2005 earthquake which jolted various parts of the country with Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Hazara division being the worst affected.
The earthquake claimed thousands of life besides leaving a number of people injured and millions homeless. A number of events were arranged at various places in the to remember affected people of the calamity.
In federal capital special prayers were offered at Margalla Towers in which students and teachers of colleges and universities, and a large number people from the locality participated.—APP

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