80,000 families affected due to recent quake in J&K

Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 20:30

Srinagar: The recent earthquake in Doda region of Jammu and Kashmir damaged public infrastructure worth Rs 100 crore as over 80,000 families were affected by the natural disaster.

The losses to public infrastructure have been assessed to the tune of nearly Rs 100 crore with major damage reported in Doda district where public infrastructure worth Rs 89.10 crore has been damaged, an official spokesman said after a review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary M I Khanday here.

The spokesman said over 80,000 families, mostly in Doda and Kishtwar districts, have been affected due to the May 1 earthquake and the aftershocks.

The State Executive Committee headed by the Chief Secretary reviewed the relief and rehabilitation efforts underway in the earthquake affected districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban.

Deputy Commissioners of the affected districts via video link presented the latest assessment reports and informed the committee about the relief and restoration works being carried out in response to the calamity, the spokesman said.

Khanday asked the divisional and district administration to extend relief to all affected families in the form of shelter, tents and free ration along with carrying out immediate temporary restoration works of damaged public infrastructure.

The Chief Secretary directed that the amount of Rs 25 crore released under State Disaster Relief Fund, for providing ex-gratia relief in cases of death, injury and damage to property, should be distributed among all the affected people and additional requirement of funds under SDRF should be communicated for release.

He called for ensuring distribution of free ration in all affected areas with directions to the CAPD for sending in advance the required quantum of ration to these districts for next month also.

While reviewing the status of facilities being provided to the students, Khanday directed the divisional and district administration to carry out repair and restoration of all partially damaged schools.

The Deputy Commissioners informed the meeting that fully or severely damaged schools are currently being run in open areas, tents, rented accommodations and other safe areas.

The district civil and police administration was asked to coordinate in running awareness and basic level training programmes for informing people regarding the precautionary measures needed in the event of further shocks.

Police and civil administration was also asked to maintain high level of alertness and regular contact with all village level units to ensure a structured and planned relief and response, the spokesman said.
The meeting was informed that pamphlets highlighting safety and other measures to be adopted are being distributed among people, he added.
Meanwhile, experts from National Disaster Management Authority have held meetings with engineers regarding quake resistant structural construction techniques.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 20:30

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