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August 17, 2014

Don’t play politics over dead bodies, KP tells Centre

August 17, 2014

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Saturday rejected the assistance of the federal government sent for affectees of the Friday’s rainstorm and demanded the restoration of electricity in the city on war-footing. The Friday’s rainstorm played havoc across the provincial capital and its suburbs that caused 18 deaths and injuries to 60 people. The natural disaster disrupted power supply to the city and adjoining areas.
Addressing a joint news conference at the Speaker’s House, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Provincial Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan said the federal and Punjab governments should not play politics over dead bodies. They said the KP government didn’t need any assistance from federal and Punjab governments as they could cater to the needs of the affectees of the disaster. “The federal government should do their own work and repair the 31 electricity feeders that were damaged due to rainstorm,” said Asad Qaiser.
He said the rainstorm badly affected electricity system of Peshawar and it was the duty of federal government to immediately restore electricity to the city.
Till the filing of this report a number of areas in the walled city, University Town, Hayatabad, Saddar and suburbs of Peshawar were still without electricity.
Both the leaders said they visited hospitals to inquire after the health of the injured and offered fateha at homes of those, who died in the disaster. They said the government had completed the damage assessment survey and would compensate the affectees accordingly. The provincial government has already declared emergency in all hospitals in the city apart from establishing a number of medical camps.
The district government has completed the survey and according to its statistics, 18 people died in the rainstorm while 60 people sustained injuries. Eleven houses, one madrassa and one mosque were damaged. A market and 29 houses were partially

Talking to The News, Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar Zaheerul Islam said the government had decided to give Rs0.3 million to family of each dead and Rs0.1 million to injured. He said the government would also distribute food package among the affectees. Inayatullah Khan said the situation was under control and along with the district government they had alerted the Local Government Department. He said they had already released Rs10 million to the district administration. When contacted, a government official said 12 truckloads of relief goods from Punjab government were expected to reach late Saturday night.

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