PM Nawaz asks Khattak to increase compensation package for quake victims


PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the ongoing rescue and relief activities in the worst affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday’s deadly earthquake.
The meeting which was attended by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and high ranking officials of federal and provincial relief agencies, held at Governor House in Peshawar.
“At least 222 people were killed and 1688 others wounded due to the earthquake in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” told Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) officials while briefing Nawaz Sharif.
The official said 8,453 houses were damaged as a result of massive earthquake.
They said 1,000 bags of edible items, 2,000 tents and 2,000 blankets have been dispatched to the quake-stricken areas.
The officials also informed Nawaz Sharif about the compensation package according to which the families of those who lost their lives in quake will receive Rs 3 Lakh and injured Rs 1. The provincial government will also pay Rs 1 lakh a two-room house damaged in massive earthquake and Rs 80000 for single room house.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to increase compensation. The compensation for the families of those killed in quake should be Rs 6 Lakh. He also asked Khattak to increase compensation package of damage houses from Rs 1 Lakh to Rs 2.
Sharif will also visit Chitral, one the worst earthquake-stricken areas to assess the losses and necessities of local people.
The premier will meet the local residents. On this occasion, he will inspect the losses spawned by the ravaging tremors.
Sources said PM Sharif is expected to announce aid on part of the federal government.
Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will accompany him during the visit.