ISLAMABAD: Relief and rescue operations are underway in the flood hit areas across the country. Civil administration and army contingents are actively participating in these operations.
According to reports, Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed the Provincial Cabinet committee on Flood to take all out measures to save the lives and properties of low-lying areas along the rivers.
He said sufficient stock of necessary medicines should be available in the medical camps and additional boats be sent to the affected villages of South Punjab. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority Punjab is providing three time meal to flood affectees in relief camps set up in seven flood hit districts of the province.
Relief Commissioner Punjab Nadeem Ashraf said the authority has so far provided eight thousand six hundred tents and two hundred and thirty two boats to the district administrations. The Punjab Relief Commissioner said vaccination of livestock is also being carried out in the flood hit areas.
Relief and rescue operations are in full swing in the flood hit Katcha areas of Ghotki, Kashmore, Larkana, Sukkur and Khairpur in Sindh. Over 500 villages of these areas have been inundated due to rising flood water in river Indus.
In Chitral, relief items are being air-dropped in the flood hit areas while in Gilgit Baltistan, the government has accelerated relief activities for the flood affected people. Ten water supply schemes have also been reconstructed in Chitral which were damaged by recent rains and floods in the area.
Member Disaster Risk Reduction of National Disaster Management Authority Ahmad Kamal has said that so far one hundred and fifty six thousand people have been shifted to safer places from flood affected areas.
He said besides shelter, the affected people have been provided 20,000 tons foodstuff. He said people living at the banks of rivers have been asked to please shift to safer places in order to avoid any loss.
Director-General PDMA KPK Amir Aafaq said different organizations are making coordinated efforts to provide shelters, clean drinking water and health facilities to the flood affected people. He said a help desk has been established by PDMA for prompt removal of grievances of affected people.
Pakistan Army has shifted thirty tourists and patients from Chitral to Peshawar on Tuesday. They were stranded in Chitral due to rain and floods. Pak Army medical teams are also busy in providing treatment to the people injured due to floods.