Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said the death and destruction caused by rains and floods is a great loss for Pakistanand the government would leave no stone unturned to help the people in distress.
He was chairing a meeting to review rain and flood situation in the country and damage caused to life and property by incessant rains and resulting floods in various parts, at the PM’s House here today.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s armed forces and provincial authorities are doing a commendable job in relief and rescue operations and asked the Ministers and parliamentarians to visit their areas and make sure the relief activities are carried out smoothly.
The Prime Minister directed that evacuation of people and livestock should be carried out immediately while all national highways opened for traffic by tonight. Governments of Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) in coordination with NDMA should immediately start damage assessment for speedy rehabilitation, he said.
Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Maj. General Muhammad Saeed Aleem briefed the meeting about the ongoing relief activities. He also gave briefing on the measures being taken at district, provincial and national levels to cope with the emergent situation.
In his briefing he informed that Lahore and Rawalpindi divisions are experiencing serious urban flooding. There is also flooding in Chenaband Jhelum while nullahs, especially in Gujranwala and Rawalpindi, are also flooded. Flood levels at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad are very high. Flood level in Jhelum river and Mangla reservoir is exceptionally high while flood level at Rasul head works is at medium level. Remaining all rivers are flowing at normal level.
The Prime Minister was informed that Palandri has received 668 mm of rain, Islamabad 316 mm, Rawalpindi 440 mm, Lahore 350 mm while Sialkot 316 mm during last 48 hours. This resulted in flashfloods in AJ&K as well as in north-east Punjab. So far rains have caused 110 deaths in Punjab, AJ&K and Gilgit-Baltistan. 148 people have been injured while 650 houses completely destroyed.
NDMA has mobilized and positioned its reserve relief stocks in major cities in flood affected areas. State of major relief stocks is satisfactory and is being provided on the request of the governments of Punjab and AJ&K.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of all the concerned departments in restoring light traffic from Muzaffarabad to other parts of the country.
Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid; Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif; Secretary Cabinet and Chairman WAPDA attended the meeting among other senior officers.