Altaf Hamid Rao,
MIRPUR (AJK): State-of-the-art Darul Falah Center for Women and Children started functioning at Afzalpur town of recent earthquake-stricken Mirpur District of Azad Jammu Kashmir after the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Geoffrey Shaw and the Country Representative of the UNFPA inaugurated the center here on Thursday.
The NDMA has already established, so far, similar two centers at the quake-hit villages of Nikka and Saang in outskirt of Mirpur.
All the above three Darul Falah Centers for Women and Children have been handed over to the AJK Social Welfare Department.
The NDMA established these centers with the assistance and cooperation of the global donor agencies including UNISEF and UNFPA.
The Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Geoffrey Shaw inaugurated the Spring tree plantation drive in Mirpur district by planting a sapling on this occasion.
Speaking on this occasion, the NDMA Chairman Lt. General Muhammad Afzal said that the government was well aware of the problems of the earthquake affectees of Mirpur. He underlined that the Rs. 5 lakh compensatory relief has so far been disbursed each among the bereaved families of those martyred in the September 24, last year catastrophe by the government.
He said that other affectees of the calamity would also be compensated with due financial relief after completion of legal requirements.