Compensation process for quake victims starts with PM’s cheque distribution in KPK

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LOWER DIR, Nov 2 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
on Monday distributed cheques among over 200 earthquake affected
persons, making it a formal start of the compensation process in
Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.
In a ceremony held here in Timergara area, the cheques worth
Rs 0.6 million were given to the heirs of those who were killed and
Rs 0.2 million for those who lost their body parts during the
earthquake.
The cheques worth Rs 0.2 million were given for the
reconstruction of damaged houses and of Rs 0.1 million for the
injured.
The Prime Minister in his address to the quake-affected people
said promise had been fulfilled for providing support to the quake-
hit people in shortest possible time.
He said financial compensation could not be regarded as a
replacement of loss of precious lives, however added that its main
purpose was to mitigate the sufferings of affected people.
He mentioned that the compensation package was formulated in
consultation with Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak.
He said efforts were afoot to complete the process of cheque
distribution on fast pace.
The Prime Minister directed to ensure prompt provision of
relief goods including blankets, food and tents as the mercury in
high-altitude areas was going to drop significantly in next few
weeks.
He lauded the assistance provided by armed forces in surveying
the damages in the earthquake-hit areas and also commended the
provincial government and public representatives for their timely
support.
The Prime Minister prayed for those who lost their lives
during the earthquake that struck the country on October 26.
Earlier, the Prime Minister was briefed that Chakdara, Jandol,
Khal, Timergara, Balambut and Lal Qila Maidan were the areas of
Lower Dir most hit by earthquake. As many as 2,209 houses were
completely and 5,132 were partially damaged in these areas.
The Prime Minister was informed that special counters had been
set up at local banks for encashment of compensation cheques.
Governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Chief
Minister KPK Pervaiz Khattak, Federal Minister for Information
Pervaiz Rasheed and PM’s Advisor Engineer Amir Muqam were present.