Officials of the Gilgit-Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA), including the coordinator DRM, have arrived in Gojal to distribute the relief items received from China for the affectees of the Attabad landslide disaster.
The team is accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hunza-Nagar, Mr. Abdul Shakoor and Assistant Commissioner of Hunza-Nagar, Mr. Rehman Shah, besides other officials, our correspondent reported. The team reportedly arrived in Gulmit late Wednesday and left for Sost, where the relief items have been stored at a dry port.
According to the officials, relief items will be distributed among the affectees on Tuesday. The officials also said that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and formula of relief distribution from the previous year will be adopted. However, they added that the government of GB has decided to bear the transportation cost for delivery of relief items to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and land affectees.
Meanwhile, some people of upper Gojal, who have formed a self-styled disaster management committee, have threatened to go to court over the GB government’s decision to distribute the relief items according to the previous year’s SOPs. They have demanded that relief items be distributed equally among all the people of Gojal.
According to SOPs of the GB government, IDPs and land affectees of the disaster will be given priority and they will comparatively receive more relief goods than the indirect affectees. It is pertinent to mention here that GBDMA officials and office of the GB Chief Secretary have maintained that IDPs and land affectees have been directly hit by the disaster and have lost all sources of income; therefore they are entitled to receive more relief items.