Pak Army leads relief, rescue operation in quake-hit areas


RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army has dispatched aircraft, road clearing teams and rescuers to some of the country’s most isolated valleys on Tuesday in the aftermath of 8.1 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200 people across the country.
According to army spokesperson, damage assessment effort is in progress. ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) missions are flying over earthquake hit areas while Director General Frontier Works Organization (DG FWO) visited Karakoram Highway (KKH) with troops. Addition to ground teams, two Army helicopters are also participating in ongoing relief missions, one each in Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkha.
DG ISPR Asim Saleem Bajwa reported that 27 out of 45 landslides have been cleared by FWO so far at Karakoram Highway. Rescue work is ongoing and rescue teams are spread in Gilgit Baltistan. 30% capacity of all Civil Military Hospitals (CMH) across country has been enhanced.
He said a special C-130 cargo plane of Pakistan Air Force left for Chitral today carrying 7 tons of ration, 2500 ready meals, additional medical teams, 1000 tents and blankets for distribution in remote areas.
Asim Bajwa further reported that t20 tons of ration, 10,000 ready to eat meals, 1000 tents, 500 blankets have been dispatched by road for distribution in Dir District. An Army relief Camp and various ration distribution points have also been established.Reportedly, small aftershocks that continued to shake the region have not done any further damage, but schools in upper parts of the the country remained shut as a precautionary measure.

The government has insisted that it does not require international assistance to cope with the disaster.

The bulk of the casualties were recorded in Pakistan, where 228 people were killed, including 184 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and more than 1,600 injured, disaster management authorities said.

For many, Monday s quake brought back traumatic memories of a 7.6 magnitude quake that struck in October 2005, killing more than 75,000 people. Agencies

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