October 2005 News

Army, Others To Adopt Six Quake-hit J&K Villages

12 October 2005
The Hindustan Times

New Delhi: The Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and three paramilitary forces would adopt six of the Jammu and Kashmir villages devastated by a deadly earthquake and rebuild them as model villages, it was announced on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference, Home Secretary VK Duggal said the government would ensure that the relief material including blankets would reach every survivor within a week or 10 days. 'As many as 65,000 blankets have already been sent, 90,000 were dispatched on Wednesday and 60,000 are in the pipeline. Around 2,500 tents have already reached the affected areas, while 1,000-2,000 will be sent daily,' he said. Torrential rain and hail have marred the relief operations in the disaster-hit region. Duggal said the death toll in Jammu and Kashmir in the Oct 8 earthquake is expected to rise to 1,500. The toll now is 1,300 and includes army personnel. 'This is a 30 per cent increase over the preliminary figures compared to the 10 per cent estimated by the state government,' Duggal said. The home secretary said while the Indian Army would adopt two villages, the Indian Air Force and the paramilitary Border Security Force, Central Reserve Police Force and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police would adopt one each. This would be in addition to the six villages that have already been adopted by the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), which is reconstructing houses, shops and schools. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who visited some of the quake-hit areas on Tuesday, announced a grant of Rs 6.42 billion for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. He also termed the quake a national calamity.


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