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Punjab CM vows all out resources for relief of flood affectees

LAHORE, July 29 (DNA) – Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shebaz Sharif has said that flood affectees will not be left alone and every effort will be made for their help and rehabilitation.

He issued instructions for the provision of additional funds immediately for the affected districts and said that all out resources will be provided for the relief of flood affectees.

He said that members of the Cabinet Committee and administration of concerned districts should work round the clock for the service of flood affectees.

He said that flood affected people should be provided proper care as well as meals thrice a day. He said that stern action will be taken in case of complaint received from any area. He said that delay in the provision of food to the flood affectees will not be tolerated.

He was addressing Members of Cabinet Committee on Flood present in Civil Secretariat Lahore, Divisional Headquarters and 25 districts through video link here today. The meeting reviewed flood situation, protective arrangements and relief activities.

DG PDMA gave briefing regarding relief activities and river situation whereas authorities of Meteorological Department informed about weather situation during coming days.

The Chief Minister said that flood warning system should be used in an effective manner in the areas where there is a threat of flood. He said that evacuation of the people living near rivers should be the top priority.

He said that implementation of the ban on bathing in rivers should be strictly implemented and police should perform its duties in this regard.

The Chief Minister directed that federal and provincial institutions should exchange information regarding weather situation and flow of water in rivers and remain alert to deal with any emergent situation.

He said that essential items should be provided to the flood affectees in relief camps on priority basis while their vaccination against diseases should also be ensured.

He said that arrangements for the supply of food items to the flood affectees should be excellent and there should not be any complaint of mismanagement. He said that there should not be shortage of essential items in the relief camps.

The Chief Minister also issued instructions for making public the dashboard regarding protective arrangements against flood and relief activities for the awareness of the people and said that work should be carried out round the clock for the strengthening of protective bunds and spurs.

He said that Irrigation Department should benefit from the experiences of the floods of 2010 and 2014. He said that all out resources should be utilized for the protection of important irrigational assets.

He said that Cabinet Committee on Flood should play an active role while the policy evolved regarding Zimindara bunds should be fully implemented.

The Chief Minister directed Minister Irrigation to personally inspect bunds in Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan. He said that members of Cabinet Committee on Flood and secretaries should work hard in the areas assigned to them.

Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Col.(R) Shuja Khanzada, Dr. Farrukh Javed, Bilal Yasin, Sher Ali Khan, Malik Iqbal Channar, Hameeda Wahid-ud-Din, Zakiya Shahnawaz, Advisor on Health Kh. Salman Rafiq, Zaeem Hussain Qadri MPA, Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal, Members Provincial Assembly, Inspector General Police, concerned authorities, heads of relief departments and senior authorities as well as concerned Divisional Commissioners from the offices attended the meeting at Civil Secretariat, through video link.

Whereas elected representatives and concerned authorities of Rawalpindi, Jehlum, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Bhakkar, Kasur, Sialkot, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Chiniot, Sheikhupura, Hafizabad, Bahawalpur, Narowal, Mandi Bahauddin, Mianwali, Gujranwala, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Attock attended the meeting through video link. =DNA
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