Shangla: Over 80 schools and dozens of other government facilities in Shangla district were damaged in the earthquake on October 8, 2005, and have yet to be rebuilt. Over 100 individuals were killed in the district as a result of the quake.

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Around 80,000 people were killed in the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the country’s northern areas, including Azad Kashmir.

Shangla was one of the worst-affected districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with the education department reporting that 204 boys and girls schools had developed cracks, which were later demolished by the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra).

Aurangzeb Khan, the Alpuri tehsil’s sub-divisional education officer for primary, noted that work on several school structures was still incomplete.

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He said that the government primary school for boys, Larai Shalizara, had approximately 350 children enrolled, but that the institution lacked its own structure. He explained that they had been looking for a private building for the pupils, but there was none available in the region that was large enough for them to hold classes. He said that Erra contractors had completed only 10-15% of the work on both the boys and girls’ schools so far.

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