BALAKOT: People are still living in dilapidated shelters despite lapse of 14 years after earth quake. Only 73 percent of rehabilitation work has been completed yet. There are no adequate arrangements for the children’s education and they are compelled to get education in absolutely inappropriate conditions. They don’t have seating arrangements and not even roof and floor.
Pictures taken at various places are enough to show the poor condition of these socalled areas which are called as schools.
All business centers remained closed and one minute silence was observed on 14th anniversary of earth quake that had occurred in Balakot on October 8 2005 at 8:52 am.
According to media reports all business centers remained closed on completion of 14 years of 2005 earthquake while complete silence has been observed for 1 minute on 8:52 am. Victims could not get relief from trillions of rupees assistance received in the country in the name of earthquake affectees. While New Bakaryal city project has not been completed.
According to source Head quarter Hospital has not been constructed. 39 billion rupees are required for completing project.
Pakistan Government had established ERRA (Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority) for reconstruction and rehabilitation of earth quake devastated areas which was assigned the target for completing 14704 projects out of which 10857 projects have been completed. 2218 projects are under construction while work on 1629 projects has not started yet.
National disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Spokesperson Mohammad Idres has said that 73 percent of work has been completed yet. He further said that 8 October is observed as natural disaster day every year. This time 8 October will be observed with earthquake victim’s people in Azad Kashmir. This day is observed to create awareness among the people how to overcome natural disaster by adopting safety precautions.
Meanwhile, educational institutions have been reopened after two weeks of severe earthquake in Mirpur Azad Kashmir on September 24. Educational activities have been restored in Mirpur Azad Kashmir.
Girl’s students of home economics of Mirpur University of science and technology are holding their examinations in tents. Buildings of educational institutions in Mirpur have been affected badly in Sep 24 earthquake.
According to deputy commissioner Mirpur Tahir Mumtaz, out of 289 buildings, almost 100 buildings are safe while tented shelter have been provided to 189 educational institutions at which they are starting their educational activities. He said opening of institutions in the unusable buildings would be banned permanently.