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Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan visited Muzaffarabad to review the latest situation after snow-slide incidents in Neelum Valley.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan visited Muzaffarabad on Wednesday to review the latest situation after snow-slide incidents in Neelum Valley.

He paid a visit to SKBZ Hospital (CMH) and inquired about the health of those injured undergoing treatments.

The Chief Secretary Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Mathar Niaz Rana briefed the Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding damages incurred due to snowfall and avalanches and also briefed him about the efforts undertaken.

In his briefing, the Chief Secretary told that state institutions in collaboration with Pak Army and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) immediately responded to the tragic land-snow slide incidents and launched rescue and relief operation in the affected areas.

“Four helicopters took part in the rescue and relief operation and shifted the injured to different hospitals of Kail, Sharda and Muzaffarabad” he briefed.

Niaz told that blocked roads are being rehabilitated while food and other necessary items had been delivered in the affected areas.

He informed that 67 people have been killed, 53 injured, 198 houses, 22 shops, one mosque and 12 vehicles were destroyed during the calamity.

The Chief Secretary added that Surrgen, Keil, Lawat and Chikknar were the main hit villages of the calamity in valley.

He said in first phase Rs. 150,000 will be given as compensation for each deceased, Rs. 75,000 for any disability caused during the tragedy and Rs. 50,000 for the injured in the incidents. “Government would also pay Rs. 100,000 for each destroyed house and vehicle while Rs. 50,000 for the shops destroyed during the incident.

Mathar Niaz Rana requested government of Pakistan for the financial assistance for the compensation of the affectees.

He also sought help of aviation wing for effective relief operation in the affected areas of the valley

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