National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has extended all possible support and aid to disaster hit areas. NDMA official told that the relief items dispatched by NDMA, PDMAs of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and SDMA included 5,030 tents, 769 shelter tents and 420 school tents, 6,700 blankets and quilts, 2,500 tarpaulins, 260 plastic mats, 200 first aid kits, 475 kitchen sets, 200 hygiene kits, 800 mosquito nets, 5,475 ration packs (21kg) and 50,000 water bottles (1.5L).
Moreover, 200 hygiene kits, 200 jerry cans, 200 gas cylinders, 200 search lights, 200 water coolers and 400 mattresses were also given in the relief items. The emergency operation centres of NDMA and AJK’s SDMA were active round the clock for coordinating response operations in the affected areas. Around 4,556 houses, 200 light traffic vehicles and 141 private and government buildings have been damaged during the earthquake.
According to NDMA official, after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake on September 24, heavy damages were borne by districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and district Jhelum. The authority’s National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) was activated after the quake to deal with the complaints and queries of victims for 24 hours, he added. He said the NDMA had extended non-food items to the quake-victims in AJK whereas procured food items were also sent by the authority.