Islamabad: August 4, 2015
The Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif today visited Sukkur and Qadirpur Bund to review the flood situation and relief and rescue measures undertaken by the Federal and Provincial bodies responsible for Flood management.
The Prime Minister was received at the Airport by Chief Minister Sind Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Chief Secretary Sind. The Prime Minister took an aerial view of the flood affected areas on his way to Qadirpur Bund at Ghotki.
The Prime Minister went up to the extreme end of the Bund where just on the bank of flood water he was briefed by Secretary Irrigation Sind, DG PDMA Sind, and Commissioner Sukkur Division about the extent of flood and the number of population affected. The provincial authorities informed the Prime Minister that timely evacuation and early warnings have helped in the control of human loss and even infrastructure damage was mitigated due to preventive measures for flood control.
The Prime Minister was informed that sufficient relief item including dry ration, tents, blankets, medicines are being provided and more than 250 relief camps have been set up. It was informed that about 42 medical camps are operational in the Sukkur Division.
The Prime Minister was apprised that all kind of light and heavy machinery has been deployed and there is sufficient equipment available as a back up in the stocks.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of provincial government, NDMA, PDMA and Sukkur administration but urged them to remain vigilant till the end of Monsoon season and focus on the flood control and flood management.
The Prime Minister also had an interaction with the flood affected people in the area and distributed relief goods among them.
Speaking on the occasion the Prime Minister announced Rupees one billion for the Disaster Risk Management measures and emphasized that the Provincial government may devise strategy to use this money for flood mitigation, making arrangements for flood control and protective works as per provincial priority and technical approval of Federal Flood Forecasting.
The Prime Minister directed that the methods and planning are to be outlined and prepared for preventing the flood incidence to the minimal level so that the damage to life and property is contained in case of natural disasters. The Prime Minister further exhorted to raise the standards of preparedness for disaster management. The Prime Minister said that he was monitoring the flood situation personally and will keep visiting the flood areas to supervise the relief and rescue activities.
The Prime Minister appreciated the provincial government for their efforts and assured full cooperation of Federal Government.
Federal Minister for Information, Senator Pervez Rashid and Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan accompanied the Prime Minister during the visit.