CM Puts Depts On Red Alert For Flood, Rain
CHIEF Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has directed the departments concerned to remain alert to deal with any emergency during flood and rains and utilize all resources for carrying out relief activities.
He ordered an increase in the financial assistance for each flood victim from Rs100, 000 to Rs300,000 and directed the provincial ministers and administrative secretaries to visit the affected areas to monitor the relief activities.
He was presiding over a meeting at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Friday to review the situation of flood and rains in the province.
Shahbaz said that helping those in distress was a great service to humanity and the departments concerned should make all-out efforts in this regard. He said all precautionary measures should be taken to protect the life and property of people from the devastation by flood and rains. He said Health, Livestock and other departments should actively take part in the relief work in the flood-hit areas and ensure availability of vaccines and medicines, including that of snake bite, to check epidemics in the affected areas. He said that flood victims should be provided water bottles in the areas where clean drinking water was not available.
The CM directed the provincial secretaries of the departments concerned to come out of their offices and monitor the relief activities in the affected areas. He said the role of police was of important in the rescue work and the Inspector General of Police should visit the affected areas to review the performance of policemen and the Punjab Constabulary personnel should also be immediately deployed there. He said that in addition to police, Civil Defence volunteers should also be mobilized for relief activities.
The chief minister directed the Food Department to take special measures to protect food stock. He said that a special cell, headed by the chief secretary, had been set up to monitor flood situation and relief work in the province and the cell should inform him about any development on a regular basis. He said natural calamities should be faced with courage and determination and the departments concerned and officials should use all their capabilities and energies for this purpose.
Earlier, Board of Revenue Senior Member Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, while giving a briefing about the flood situation and precautionary measures, said that all the departments were alert to meet any eventuality and instructions had been issued to all the commissioners and DCOs in this regard. He said flow of water in Nullah Leh was normal. He also informed about the losses caused by flood in Mianwali and Rajanpur, and added that hill torrents had caused losses in Rajanpur and special camps had been set up in the area for relief activities.