PM Imran visits AJK, inquires about health of avalanche victims

PM Imran visits AJK, inquires about health of avalanche victims

Muzaffarabad (Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reached Azad Jammu and Kashmir to review relief operations after the region witnessed extreme weather conditions resulting in the deaths of at least 69 individuals.

The prime minister also visited the injured at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Muzaffarabad.

At least 61 people were killed and 53 injured in an avalanche in Neelum Valley on Tuesday.

The incidents took place in over 15 villages of Neelum Valley where, according to an initial assessment, 52 houses were fully destroyed while 82 partially damaged. Most of causalities 43 have been reported from Surgan valley.

According to Neelum Valley Deputy Commissioner Raja Shahid Mehmood, the deaths were reported from villages in the mountainous areas of Dhakki and Chaknar located along the Line of Control.

Mehmood added that the number of injured persons had also risen to 94.

Relief and rescue efforts are currently underway in Neelum Valley. On the directives of the prime minister, helicopters will distribute rations, blankets, medicines and other supplies to residents of the valley on Wednesday, officials said.

Pakistani military has mobilised its troops and helicopters to help civil authorities evacuate stranded people, clear clogged roadways and airdrop relief items in the remote valleys ahead of a fresh spell of heavy snow expected on Friday.