AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has directed the concerned authorities to take necessary measures to mitigate the sufferings of rain-affected people in Azad Kashmir.

Addressing an emergency meeting arising out of the situation of torrential rains in Muzaffarabad on Friday, he said measures should be taken to protect the loss of life and property in the State.

The AJK Prime Minister also directed to move the population living near rivers, streams and nullahs to safer places and ensure that all the roads connecting to Pakistan and inter district roads in Azad Kashmir are kept opened.

He asked the Ministers, MLAs and members Jammu and Kashmir Council to make sure they are present in their constituencies and monitoring the rescue operations.

The Prime Minister also asked the National Disaster Management Authority and WAPDA to take immediate steps to mitigate difficulties of the people who are exposed to flooding at Mangla Dam and Jhelum Canal. He directed both the departments to keep vigil on the situation and ensure that their employees and machineries are ready to meet any emergency situation.

The AJK Prime Minister also directed the concerned officials to pay Rs. 150,000 compensation per head to the families whose members were killed due to rains.  He also directed for reviewing the losses and damages and submission of a detailed report in this effect.

 Earlier, Secretary State Disaster Management Authority Akram Suhail in his briefing said that so far 30 persons had been killed due to flooding and landslides in Azad Kashmir.

Meanwhile the AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan also expressed shock over the loss of precious lives and property in Azad Kashmir.

He directed the concerned authorities to take necessary steps to mitigate the sufferings of the people.

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