NOWSHERA: During his visit to Nowshera, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday directed the authorities concerned to utilize all- available resources to immediately rescue and relocate flood-hit people.
The prime minister, who arrived here to review the rescue and relief activities in the flood-ravaged areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was briefed about the flood situation in Kabul River.
Chief Secretary Khyber Pakthunkhwa Dr Shehzad Bangash, Deputy Commissioner Nowshera, and representatives from NDMA and PDMA briefed the prime minister on the ongoing rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations in Nowshera district following the devastative floods of the August 27. The flashflood wreaked havoc to people’s lives and wiped out homes, infrastructure, standing crops, gardens and livestock.
During the briefing at Mardan Bridge, the authorities concerned apprised him of the ongoing rescue and relief operation as well as other facilities being provided to the displaced people at the relief camps.
It was told that medical camps had also been established to provide required medical support to the flood victims staying at camps as well as at their own houses.
He was informed that 70 relief and 11 medical camps were established for flood victims at tehsils Jhangira, Pabbi and Nowshera and assistance was being provided to the affectees. The prime minister was informed that the stoppage of Tarbela Dam’s water had helped passing of the flow of floods in River Kabul without causing further losses.
At the relief camp, he interacted with the people staying at the shelter camps and showed affection to the children. He ordered the authorities concerned to utilize all-out resources to immediately rescue and relocate flood-hit people
He assured them that the government would provide them with all possible facilities at the camps and resolved not to leave them alone. He said the federal government, in collaboration with the Pakistan Army, was striving to provide maximum relief to the affected people.
He said that the federal government was providing Rs25 thousand cash assistance each among the flood-hit families across the country to enable them to meet their immediate needs. Moreover, Rs 1 million each would also be given to the families who had lost their dear ones.
The prime minister was accompanied by federal ministers Marriyum Aurangzeb and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Adviser to PM Engineer Amir Muqam, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz KP Spokesman and Member Provincial Assembly, Ikhtiar Wali Khan and other party leaders.
Later, the prime minister left for Charsadda where he would interact with the flood victims and distribute cheques of cash assistance among the flood victims.
Later, he is also scheduled to visit the site of Mohmand Dam where he would be briefed about the progress on the project’s execution.