Central team to assess quake damage in J&K

At a time when people in Doda and Kishtwar districts are criticising the state government for not providing relief to victims of May 1 earthquake,the Centre has sent a high-level team comprising officials from various ministries to the area.

Written by Express News Service | Jammu | Published:May 28, 2013 2:25 am

At a time when people in Doda and Kishtwar districts are criticising the state government for not providing relief to victims of May 1 earthquake,the Centre has sent a high-level team comprising officials from various ministries to the area.

Headed by joint secretary of the Home Ministry,Bhagwan Shankar,the team has officials from Planning Commission,Finance and Rural Development ministries. Since Sunday,the team has visited Doda,Bhaderwah,Gandoh and Ghatt areas,said Mubarak Singh,Deputy Commissioner Doda. It will be visiting Kishtwar and other areas on Tuesday.

The visit follows state government’s demand for a relief package of over Rs 600 crore for the victims of May 1 earthquake which shook the Chenab Valley region. However,damage to property has been extensive in Kishtwar tehsil where almost every structure has developed cracks. Many people continue to live in the open.

Two people,including a junior engineer,had died and over 60 others including schoolchildren were injured in Doda and Kishtwar districts in the tremors. Since then,the area especially Kishtwar has suffered from nearly 40 aftershocks.

AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi along with Union ministers Kapil Sibal and Jairam Ramesh,were scheduled to visit the area om Tuesday.

However,their visit was postponed due to the killing of Congress leaders by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.

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