QUETTA: The relief and rescue efforts have been started in the earthquake-ruined areas in Balochistan; at least 300 soldiers have arrived in the affected areas to assist the administration in the operation.
The number of soldiers busy with relief and rescue operation will be enhanced to 1000 by the morning.
Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) has risen to the occasion with the help of Pakistan Army and other paramilitary troops including Frontier Corps and Levies. The troops supported with helicopters, medical units and paramedics, have reached the quake-leveled areas along with the relief goods especially medicines and other medical equipments and essentials.
The worst hit area in Balochistan is Awaran where the top priority of the rescue teams is to remove the remains of damaged houses and recover bodies and the injured from under the remains.
According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), more teams will be sent to the quake-hit areas for relief activities; medical teams have been sent to the affected areas including Awaran, Dalbadin, Turbat and Khuzdar.
The damages caused by the earthquake have not been estimated as yet. A team will arrive today in Awaran for the preliminary estimate of the loss.
Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif directed the concerned authorities to extend all possible support and cooperation to the people affected with the disastrous quake.