CM satisfied with relief activities in flood-affected areas – Journal

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has expressed his satisfaction with the relief activities carried out by the concerned departments in the flood affected areas of the province.

He said the provincial government would provide all possible support to those affected by the flooding, according to a statement.

He ordered the affected neighborhoods to ensure the immediate provision of financial assistance to the affected people and take result-oriented measures for their rehabilitation. The Chief Minister also ordered relevant officials to organize medical camps and carry out aerial spraying to prevent outbreak of epidemic diseases in Tank and other flood-hit areas.

He was chairing a meeting held here on Wednesday to review the flooding situation in the province. Provincial Relief Minister Iqbal Wazir, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister, Lawyer Mohammad Ali Saif, Chief Secretary Dr. Shehzad Bangash, Administrative Secretaries of relevant departments, Director General of Provincial disaster management and other relevant officials attended the meeting.

Mahmood orders aerial spraying in Tank to prevent outbreak of diseases

The chief minister said the provincial government is using all available resources to help those affected by recent flooding.

He ordered relevant authorities to formulate an appropriate plan to protect people in vulnerable areas from flooding in the future on a sustainable basis.

“The plan should include short, medium and long-term security measures and development initiatives with defined priorities,” he said.

He also ordered relevant agencies to remain vigilant during the possible second wave of monsoon rains in the province.

The meeting was informed that from June 15 to July 12, a total of 80 houses were fully damaged while more than 272 houses were partially damaged in the different districts of the province. Likewise, a total of 27 deaths and 37 injuries have been reported so far.

Rescue and relief activities are in full swing in flood-affected areas of the province. Tents, food, drinking water and other basic necessities have been distributed to the affected people. About 150 patients were examined by health teams in medical camps. The livestock service has set up a free camp in Tank to ensure the vaccination of the animals.

The meeting was informed that the monsoon contingency plan has been developed and timely notices have been issued to all stakeholders to mitigate the effects of monsoon rains.

Posted in Dawn, July 14, 2022

Sally J. Minick