ISLAMABAD - A few hours later when militants attempted to shot down helicopter carrying chairman of National Disaster Management Authority in Balochistan, officials of NDMA in a meeting decided not to suspend relief operation in earthquake-hit areas. Rather they decided to speed up relief work.
The NDMA organised a coordination meeting of key relevant departments and organisations on September 26, 2013 at the NDMA, Prime Minister Office, Islamabad and decided to speed up relief work.
According to a press note issued to media organisation, the participants from key departments and organisations like Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Communication, Climate Change Division, Military Operations Directorate, WAPDA, Pakistan Met department, SUPARCO, Federal Flood Commission, National Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Network (NHEPRN), Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) participated in the meeting.
The NDMA gave a detailed presentation to the participants on the current situation in the aftermath of the earthquake. The Authority shared the losses and damages of the earthquake with the participants. The participants were also apprised about relief and rescue efforts carried out by Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps, NDMA, PDMAs, the Civil Administration and other key stakeholders.
The ensuing discussion among the participants highlighted the need for synchronizing relief efforts among the various stakeholders and the continuous passage of information of damages, which is essential to take right and timely decisions. The need to devise mechanism for visibility of operations was also discussed among the key departments and organisations. It was decided to establish Collection Point for different agencies / donors. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by NDMA.
On Thursday, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has dispatch non-food items to support 7000 Balochistan earthquake victims while health teams were heli dropped with life saving medicines in the affected areas worth PKR 50 million.
The non-food items include family tent, blanket, tarpaulin sheet, stove, kitchen set, hurricane lamp, mosquito net, CGI Sheet, shelter tool kit, Jerry Cane and hygiene kit.