CM reviews relief works in flood-affected neighborhoods

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LAHORE/MULTAN: Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has said the government stands with those affected by the floods in their ordeal. He said a speedy recovery for those affected was their top priority. They will not leave their troubled brothers alone, the chief minister said.

The Chief Minister said this during his visit to the flood affected areas in Rajanpur district where he met the people affected by the devastation of the floods and shared their moments of pain. He shared the pain of those whose loved ones died in the flood. The government has set up medical camps where flood victims are vaccinated against epidemics, the CM added. He declared all flooded localities disaster-stricken, announced the channeling of river and mountain roads. He visited the Shahpur Rescue Operation Centre, met with flood victims and reviewed relief activities.

The Chief Minister reached Shahpur, Rajanpur and distributed financial aid checks to the families of those who died in the flood. He reached the water rescue station and met the victims. He also met Shaukat Hussain, father of Chak Patiyat’s deceased daughter and gave a relief check of Rs 800,000 to Shabana’s father. Financial assistance of Rs800,000 was granted to each family of the deceased. The CM assured them that the government would continue to take all possible measures to help the victims of the floods.

He also reached the flood affected village of Chattani in Taunsa Sharif, met flood victims, consoled them and recited Fateha for the deceased.

Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said the rights of flood victims would not be compromised, damage to crops and homes would soon be repaired. He said he had reviewed all flood affected areas of Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan.

He said PDMA and other departments would start immediate work for short and long term planning. He said that in 2004 when the floods came he was planning to channel the river roads and 2.5 billion was kept for that purpose at that time one US dollar was equal to 60 PKR but Shehbaz Sharif is came to power and did no work. They didn’t deliver and lost 15 years, which increased the cost of the project enormously. He said Shehbaz Sharif kept talking and did nothing for the poor. He said they would serve the flood victims without any political affiliation and win people’s hearts and the investigation process would be made transparent. He said that as many MPs and deputies as there are are his colleagues and in flood affected areas they take the initiative to help their brothers in distress.

Earlier, Pervaiz Elahi held a briefing on the plane as he left for a visit to flood affected areas in South Punjab.

Distressed: Pervaiz Elahi has expressed his deep sorrow over the crash of the Pakistan Army Air Force helicopter in which the Commander of Southern Command, Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ali, the DG of the Pakistan Coast Guard, General Amjad Hanif, Brig Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmad, Major Talha Manan and Naik Mudassar Fayyaz embraced martyrdom.

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