SCO restores Affected Telecommunications Systems in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan
SCO announces relief packages for affected areas of AJ&K and GB
Glaciers and land sliding from recent spell of torrential rains and heavy snowfall caused severe damage to the Telecommunication system in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB). Land sliding in Azad Kashmir damaged the Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) connecting Muzaffarabad with Taobat via Athmuqam, Dudhnial, Sharda and Kel in Neelum Valley, Gappa Gali and Rashian Top in Leepa Valley, Kohala and Bara Kot in Muzafarabad Region and Chikar & Sudhan Gali between Bagh and Garhidupatta. Similarly due to earthquake and land sliding, OFC damaged at Doian, Jaglot, Thalichi, Tattapani (Rai Kot), Astore in Gilgit region and Sanochal & Sassi near Kachura, Durando, Shangas and Jullnallah in Baltistan region caused breakdown of telecommunication facilities.
SCO’s dedicated teams promptly responded to this natural calamity and worked around the clock to restore the communications. SCO restored the fiber cable during the most difficult weather and made it possible to connect the affectees to the rest of the country and making relief and rehabilitation support to reach effectively and smoothly.
DG SCO Major General Ali Farhan HI (M) has expressed heartfelt condolences to affectees of Neelum, Leepa, and other victims in Azad Kashmir. He said “SCO stands with the aggrieved in this hour of grief and is fully cognizant of its responsibilities”.
Aimed at extending relief and assistance to the affectees of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, SCO has announced relief SCOM package which includes 5000 free SCOM to SCO Family Minutes and 5000 SMS.Through this offer, people will be able to keep in touch with their loved ones during this time of trouble. These packages are available from January 16 to January 25.