MIANWHALI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured to take necessary steps to prevent floods in future.
Addressing the flood affected people in Isakhel on Saturday, he pointed out that more dams were required to save the population from the devastation of floods.
He announced that 1.30 billion rupees will be spent to prevent flooding caused by hill torrents.
He said the country’s economy has started showing positive trend and it will be further strengthened in the next three years.
Nawaz Sharif said the government is giving priority to the development of backward areas and bring them at par with the developed ones.
The prime minister also reprimanded Wapda officials for not taking timely steps for restoration of power supply after the flood destruction.
Expressing grief and sorrow over the death and destruction caused by hill torrents in Mianwali, the Prime Minister said steps will be taken to stop flooding in the area. He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project will pass through this area which will generate employment opportunities and bring prosperity and development. He announced 200 million rupees for the water scheme in Isakhel.
Earlier, the DCO Mianwali gave a detailed briefing to the Prime Minister on the destruction caused by floods in the area and the ongoing relief activities. He said heavy rains and hill torrents affected 45 villages and a population of 55,000.
The flooding destroyed standing crops on 12,924 acres of land. Eleven relief camps were set up for the flood hit people while 2345 people were shifted to safer places. He said that 2,214 tents and 9,800 food packets were distributed amongst the affectees.