PPP Leader Visits Flood-hit Areas, Reports Actual Situation
LAHORE: One-and-a-half million people have been displaced from their houses due to floods, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Lahore acting President of Women’s Wing Faiza Malik said on Thursday, after her visit to the four flood-hit districts of the province. While addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Thursday, she said that the government has set up as many as 170 relief camps in the four districts including Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Jhang and Rahim Yar Khan and had catered 86,440 flood affectees up till now.
She said that due to the road links with these districts being cut off and the resulting disastrous situation, the government had not been able to approach all the affectees in time.
“Majority of the affectees are still deprived of food, medical aid and camps for safe residence due to lack of systematic arrangements”, she said, adding that a large number of affectees are still living under the open sky without any food in the faraway areas of these districts. She urged the district management and local authorities to come forward to help the affectees who are still deprived of the relief items. Faiza also urged the politicians, political parties, civil society organisations and other private donors to cooperate with the government on non-political or party affiliation bases for the sake of Pakistan and its people.
Faiza said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should take into confidence the provincial minister and should immediately call a cabinet meeting, because this is a time when the government needs to join hands for the betterment of the flood-hit victims. She said that she had distributed 10 trucks, fully loaded with the food items among the affectees of the far away areas of Muzaffargarh and other districts. As the members of the Punjab Assembly, she and her colleagues had also donated their one-months salary in the relief fund as per the instructions of the Punjab chief minister. staff report