In the northwestern town of
“We are in limbo. What happens next?” said 40-year-old Abdul Waheed, who lost his mother, one of his daughters and his sister-in-law in the 7.6-magnitude quake on October 8.Waheed’s jewellery store on the high street is one of about 10 shops in the entire city that survived the earthquake. But his house and other properties that he owns were all destroyed. “Until they make the new city the government must give us earthquake-proof shelters so we can live there for a few years,” he added. Other traders have built precarious temporary shops using timber, corrugated iron and in some cases plastic sheets made of candy wrappers, but they are surrounded by a wasteland of concrete debris. A number of them held a protest march in Balakot after traditional Muslim prayers on Friday.