Lahore: Chief Secretary Punjab, Nasir Mahmood Khosa has directed the officers to utilize all available resources for the rehabilitation of flood affectees and mitigating their difficulties. He declared Tehsil Rojhan calamity-hit area and directed Secretary Agriculture to conduct a survey for the assessment of losses caused to the houses, and crops as well as other damages.
He stated this while talking to the affectees in Tehsil Rojhan after aerial inspection of the flood-hit areas of District Rajanpur. Provincial Minister for Agriculture Malik Ahmed Ali, Commissioner D.G. Khan Tariq Mahmood Khan, Secretary Agriculture Muhammad Mushtaq Khan, RPO Muhammad Nawaz Warraich, DCO Ghazi Aman Ullah Khan, DPO Dr. Shehzad Asif, DG PDMA Mujahid Sherdil and DOC Syed Agha Hussain Shah besides officers of other concerned departments were also present. The Chief Secretary directed to expedite relief activities as well as the process of evacuation of the people inundated by flood. He said that officers should play active role for the evacuation of the people and provision of relief to them. He said that provision of succor to calamity-stricken brethren is our collective responsibility and officers should earn the blessings of Almighty Allah by serving the humanity. He said that mobile health unit and 20 more boats are being sent for rescue operation. Moreover, Punjab government has dispatched 2000 tents for the immediate relief of the affectees, he added. He said that he will again visit Tehsil Rojhan tomorrow and review relief activities. Commissioner Tariq Mahmood Khan said that tents, boats and medical facilities should immediately be provided at the places where flood affectees have been shifted. DCO Rajanpur Ghazi Aman Ullah Khan while giving a briefing regarding flood informed that 12 relief camps have been set up in district Rajanpur where food and treatment facilities are being provided to the affectees by the district government besides livestock department is also vaccinating livestock. The DCO informed that presently water of rains and hill-torrents Kaha Sultan and Chachar is passing through Tehsil Rojhan and its direction has been diverted towards River Indus in order to save Rojhan city. He said that army, police, revenue and rescue 1122 staff is engaged round-the-clock in saving Rojhan city from flood water. He said that 109 villages of district Rajanpur have been affected by the flood water while damage has been caused to crops over an area of 195,000 acre besides four persons have lost their lives due to flood. He said that 18 boats of Rescue 1122, army, civil defense and police are engaged in rescuing the people from flood water and so far more than five thousand persons have been evacuated and shifted to safer places.
Earlier, Member Provincial Assembly Sardar Atif Hussain Khan Mazari demanded of the Chief Secretary to declare tehsil Rojhan calamity-hit and provide more tents, blankets and other relief items for the affectees