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August 19, 2013

PML-N not to leave any flood victim alone, says Nawaz

August 19, 2013

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the PML-N would not leave a single flood-affected person alone at this difficult time.
Having appreciated the action by the Punjab government, he said relief measures should be expedited further so that the affected people are able to resume normal life, reported INP. He said ridding the masses of loadshedding, the price hike and other problems is the top priority of the government and it was determined to put the country on the path of development and prosperity.
He expressed these views during a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at his Jati Umra residence.
Shahbaz briefed him about steps being taken for relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees.
The chief minister said the provincial governmental machinery has been mobilised to assist the flood affected and minimize the losses.
Shahbaz separately presided over a meeting to review the situation arising out of heavy rains and floods and relief activities for the affected.
He said relief and rehabilitation of flood victims was the top priority of the government and all possible resources were being used for the purpose. He said, “The government is standing by the calamity-stricken people in their hour of trial and the challenge will be countered with the same spirit as was displayed in 2010. No effort will be spared for the complete rehabilitation of the flood-hit people.”
He said Rs100 million had been released for relief and rehabilitation of people affected by floods. He directed that all divisional commissioners, district administration and departments concerned should remain on high alert and the situation of rivers and water channels should be monitored round the clock and institutions concerned should immediately be informed in case of any emergency. He said, “Elected representatives should work with the district administration and take measures. In view of heavy rains and water in rivers, protective spurs of

rivers, canals and channels should be strengthened and all necessary measures should be taken for it. The district administration, police and departments concerned should keep a watchful eye on the flood situation. Tents, food items, dry ration, medicines, mineral water and other essential commodities should be made available in abundance for providing relief to the victims.”
The chief minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also visited the flood-hit areas and announced assistance on behalf of the federal government. He said the masses had given a historic mandate to the Pakistan Muslim League-N in general elections and now it was the duty of the elected representatives to stand by the people in the time of need and work with the administration to resolve their problems.
He said he had spent Eid day with the calamity-stricken people and assured them that they would not be left alone at the difficult time. “Relief activities have been started in the areas devastated by floods in Rajanpur, Mianwali, Jhang, Faisalabad, Kamoke and Sialkot and rehabilitation work for affected people is in full swing. No laxity or negligence will be tolerated in the relief and rehabilitation activities for the affected,” he added.
The chief minister also issued instructions for the immediate disposal of floodwater. He said special teams of the Health Department should set up medical camps in flood-hit areas and provide free medicines and health facilities to the affected people.

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