BARI BALOCH - Getting disappointed over lack of humanitarian assistance and slow pace of relief activities in Awaran district, the residents of tehsil Mashkey are planning to move to other areas, particularly to cities where they could secure at least lives of their offspring.
This was confirmed by a local journalist, Shabbir, who interacted with a number of affected families awaiting proper transport to leave the township devastated twice. Shabbir claimed some of the relief supplies were taken away by government functionaries, mainly local employees of the administration, and denied relief goods to the people.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik and the commander of Southern Command were briefed by local officials on the number of those killed and injured, extent of damage to houses and the overall security situation, Ismail Sasoli, a local journalist, said.
Dr Abdul Malik reiterated his earlier announcement at the briefing that the Balochistan government would reconstruct the destroyed houses through national and international contractors.
According to sources, the army has formed three separate units for a quick response, if the security forces come under attack, organising transportation of relief supplies to different areas and distribution of relief goods among the affected people. The chief minister also visited the local hospital on Sunday, enquiring after the injured.
About 80 trucks carrying relief goods arrived in Awaran of which 11 were sent to Malar, 13 to Labad, 35 to Geshkaur, 16 to Teer and 10 truckloads to Mashkey, but the residents of Mashkey complained they had received no relief goods or supplies to date, he added.
Dr Saleh Baloch, medical officer of Mashkay, confirmed that 150 patients were provided adequate treatment for their bone fractures and other diseases.
Most of the patients, treated at Nok Jo, were shifted to Karachi for better treatment, he said and added five students of Bolan Medical College had volunteered to treat the patients at Nok Jo, the worst earthquake-affected area of Awaran district.
The medical officer said on phone there were no government efforts to provide medical treatment to the patients. There was no x-ray machine in any local hospital, he added.
As many as 10 truckloads of tents arrived at Mashkey on Sunday, Naseerabad Assistant Commissioner Mosiani confirmed. He added 1,200 tents were being distributed among the quake victims. Answering a question, he said Mashkey had a population of 100,000 and the people needed food and water immediately as their food stock and shops had already been destroyed following the earthquake.
He said 30 people had lost their lives and 150 had sustained injuries in the fresh earthquake in the Nook Jo area alone. Awaran Deputy Commissioner Rashid Baloch confirmed that 70 truckloads of relief goods were despatched to different areas of the district while more than 50 doctors were providing healthcare facilities to the people in the district, the deputy commissioner said.
He completely ruled out the possibility of outbreak of epidemics in the earthquake-devastated regions, claiming the bacteria were not so old to take form of an epidemic.
Local residents and doctors claimed a large number of animals had died in the quake, but the dead animals had not properly been managed, threatening an outbreak of epidemics.