Government, in collaboration with international non-ornamental organizations (INGOs) has first time in the history, started the installation of early warning system in schools and hospital to prevent massive life lose in the State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir which was hit by catastrophic earthquake in October 2005 resulting more than 0.8 million people in the region.
Malteser International a German non-governmental organization formally handed over the control of six earthquake early warning systems to AJK government’s State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) here a couple of days before.
The NGO had installed these costly systems in two newly constructed schools in the municipal area of Muzaffarabad, the capital city of AJK as well as Koomikot and Phagwan Dupatta villages in the suburbs of state capital.
In the neighbouring Bagh district, one system was installed in Boys High School in the city of Bagh and another in Kharal Abbasian village.
Both Muzaffarabad and Bagh districts had suffered huge physical and material losses in the devastating October 2005 earthquake.
The handing over ceremony was held in the ground of Ali Akbar Awan High School, Upper Chattar neighborhood.
Around 50 volunteers conducted a mock drill to exhibit the requisite response in the event of an earthquake like calamity.
The volunteers from both genders were trained by Sanam Ali Naqvi, a trainer of the AJK Civil Defense Department, whose commentary built more awareness within the audience and onlookers.
Mentionable is that majority of those who were died in 2005 Kashmir earthquake includes the School children who were present in their class on that ill-fat morning