Shahbaz Seeks Trains For Flood Affectees
CHIEF Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has asked the federal government to provide a train service for evacuation of flood affectees from the areas where land routes have been blocked.
In a letter sent to federal government on Friday, the CM said that Daira Din Panah, Mehmood Kot, Gurmani, Lal Pir, Kot Addu and many other areas had been badly affected by floods and hundreds of localities had been cut off from other areas of the country. He said thousands of people had been rendered homeless and were taking refuge along the railway tracks. He said that under the circumstances, the Punjab government was using boats for evacuating the stranded people to safe places but the means was not enough while the use of helicopter was also not possible due to bad weather and in these conditions, provision of train service was essential.
‘Funds can be deposited in BoP’: The Punjab government said on Friday that the donations to the Chief Ministerís Fund for Flood Relief & Rehabilitation set up by Chief Minster Mian Shahbaz Sharif for the help of flood-affectees of the province could be deposited in any branch of the Bank of Punjab (BoP). The spokesman for the provincial government has dispelled the impression that the donations can be deposited only in the Civil Secretariat branch of the Bank of Punjab.
Three more truckloads: Three more truckloads of medicines have been sent for the flood affectees of Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur and DG Khan by the Punjab Health Department. A spokesman of Health Department said these included medicines for gastroenteritis, skin and eye diseases. The medical teams have so far provided treatment to 34,286 patients in the flood-hit areas including 1,566 in Bhakkar, 12 in Gujrat, 116 in Hafizabad, 272 in Lahore, 6,559 in Layyah, 10,960 in Mianwali, 4,965 in Muzaffargarh, 70 in Nankana Sahib, 188 in Rahimyar Khan, 2,600 in Rajanpur, 4,602 in Sialkot and 6,396 patients in Sargodha.