Govt. announces compensation package for thunderstorm victims

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on Thursday announced Rs 0.5 million compensation amount for six citizens who lost their lives in last night severe thunderstorm.

Talking to media after visiting the thunderstorm affected persons at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, the minister said that the compensation cheques of Rs 0.5 million each will be disbursed among family
members of thunderstorm victims within two days from Prime Minister’s Special Package.

He said that total 133 citizens received medical assistance from three hospitals of the federal capital included 46 from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), 72 from Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) while
15 persons got treatment from CDA Hospital.

He said that best medical treatment was provided which was totally free of cost to the thunderstorm victims.

He added out of total patients, five were still receiving medical treatment while remaining 128 were discharged from these hospitals.

He said that in admitted five patients three were at PIMS while two were at FGPC. Out of these, two were in stable condition while one 16-year young patient, a resident of Tarnol who received head injury due to badly hit from a cemented block was at PIMS ICU.

The minister said that six persons who lost their lives were three from Margalla Town included a mother and her two daughters, one from Barakhau, one from Sector F-7 and one from Sawan Camp.

He said that special direction were issued to CDA to remove all trees and signboards from the roads to maintain smooth flow of traffic on all roads of the federal capital.

Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said that following the directions, the CDA staff had cleared all roads of the federal capital Wednesday night while the process of maintenance was still continued.

He said that the Ministry of Interior had set up a helpline to provide assistance to the locals which remained very helpful for civic bodies to help out the needy people in thunderstorm.

The minister said the departments concerned had completed their survey of losses from Wednesday night thunderstorm which shows heavy loss to private and well as public property on a large scale.

He said that keeping in view such disasters like situation and to have prompt response, the government was seriously thinking to launch emergency management system in the federal capital.

He said that the heavy thunderstorm resulted deaths and injuries, disrupting the power supply, uprooting hundreds of trees, damaging houses and destroying hoarding and signboards.