ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army’s relief and rescue efforts continued as the death toll in a powerful earthquake that rocked Pakistan on Monday has climbed to 270 with majority of casualties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), over all 42 relief camps have been established including 30 distribution points in the quake-affected areas of Bajaur, Chitral, Shangla and along the Karakoram highway.
Pakistan Army troops have distributed 25 tons of ration, 3,764 tents, 37,000 food packets, 2,000 blankets and five tons of medicines thus far, said the media wing of the armed forces.
1,735 patients have been treated and 49 water filtration plants have also been established for clean drinking water, it added.
Three more people including two minor girls died and four others injured after roof of a house, damaged in quake, collapsed in Peshawar earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, according to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) officials 208 people died in KP and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) only. About 1,696 people also sustained injuries in the horrific quake.
As per the statistics provided by NDMA, over 9,209 houses were damaged across the country, including 8,453 in KP only.
About 30 people were killed and 59 wounded in FATA, and 300 homes were damaged.
In Gilgit-Baltistan, 10 people died and 30 others injured while 390 houses destroyed in the quake.
The officials said, two people were killed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and five in Punjab while the number of injured included 12 and 78 respectively.
Rescue operation in snowfall-hit Naran
Army rescue teams including doctors have also continued their rescue efforts in Naran Valley while hundreds of tourists trapped on Batakundi-Naran road were rescued after Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) dozers cleared the route from Batakundi to Naran.
FWO teams also cleared up roads inside Naran city where tourists were facing hardships owing to shortage of supplies.
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