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Earthquake leaves 200 children orphaned, 300 women destitute in Tangdhar and Uri

Shujaat Bukhari

They need special package, says coordinator of preliminary survey


  • Home set up for children
  • Rs. 5 lakhs sanctioned under short-term plan



    A PATIENT WAIT: Kashmiris wait for their relatives from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir near the Line of Control at Khari, about 250 km northwest of Jammu. Drawn by the promise of reconnecting with relatives, about two dozen people gathered outside a relief camp for Pakistani victims that the Army set up along the border. — Photo: AP

    SRINAGAR: Colossal damage to life and property aside, the October 8 earthquake has left nearly 200 children orphans and more than 300 women destitute in Tangdhar and Uri, according to a preliminary survey by the Core Group on Social Sectors set up by the government.

    Tanveer Jehan, coordinator of the project, says many were dislocated but "we tried to reach to as many families we could."

    Seventyone women have lost their husbands.

    There are more than 250 women, who are either injured or have otherwise suffered losses. They already lost their husbands.

    The children and women "need special attention; a special package is required to address their problems," says Ms. Jehan, a senior State Government officer.

    According to the survey, conducted by the State Social Welfare department, the Women's Development Corporation and a consortium of NGOs, 27 children have lost one or both parents and 10 women have lost their husbands in Kathua, Udhampur, Doda and Poonch.

    Acting on the survey report, the government has set up a home for children in Baramulla. B. B. Vyas, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, told The Hindu that 20 children were shifted to this temporary home in a rented building.

    "We have also sanctioned Rs. 5 lakhs" under a short-term plan for women and children.

    Accommodation for women

    The Women's Development Corporation was planning to set up a "Sudhaar Home," where 50 destitute women would be accommodated.

    "The number can go up to 100," said managing director Masooda Yasin.

    Their children would get free education, food and all other facilities.

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