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Government Press Release on Shaheed Benazirabad Earthquake (as of 9 May 2014)

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OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
SHAHEED BENAZIR ABAD.
No. JB/Asstt:/- 751 of 2014
Nawabshah, Dated: 9 th May 2014

Press Release

It is to inform all and sundry that, today on 9th May 2014 a horrifying Earthquake struck District Shaheed Benazir Abad at 3:45 AM; it was followed by four perceptive aftershocks. The earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 on the Richter scale hit mainly Nawabshah town, its suburbs and Taluka Daur. The earthquake resulted in one casualty and various injuries. The injured were rushed to emergency declared Peoples Medical College Hospital Nawabshah, where they were treated with utmost care and professional vigilance by the medical staff deputed therein. Most of the injured were discharged after receiving medical aid while remaining were shifted to ICU and respective wards. Till the time of this release all injured are reported to be out of danger except two, having skull fractures.

Furthermore, the District Administration responded speedily. The deputy commissioner along with his sub-ordinate staff rushed to the hospital immediately after the calamity and personally supervised the aid activities. Heavy machinery was made to stand by in case of any structural collapse, which with Allah’s grace did not occur. All formations of the administrative setup were put on high alert. Owing to the probable repercussions of this earthquake the Deputy Commissioner SBA declared public holiday in the whole district.

Preliminary reports of the field staff suggest minimal losses of cattle and houses etc. In order to cater any untoward incident the administrative staff of district Shaheed Benazir Abad has been directed to stay at their Headquarters and their leaves have been cancelled. Overall situation is Allhumdullilah in total control and routine life is absolutely normal in the quake hit area.

Sd/- Deputy Commissioner
Shaheed Benazir Abad