Lahore: Relief and rehabilitation work has been started at a large scale in flood-hit districts, DG Khan and Rajanpur. Distribution of 250 trucks of relief goods and five thousand tents have been started by the Punjab government among the affectees from today.
Commissioner D.G. Khan, Tariq Mahmood informed in a high level meeting that besides DG Khan, five thousand tents have also been sent to District Rajanpur whereas distribution work of dry ration among affectees is continuing on emergent basis. He informed that 5,500 packets of dry ration have been distributed whereas five thousand more packets would be distributed today.
Similarly, cooked meal is being distributed among 20 thousand persons of district Rajanpur, he added. He said that all six breaches of DG Khan Canal have been plugged. The Commissioner said that 100 dewatering sets and 10 sucker machines are draining out water from low-lying areas of the city. Tariq Mahmood said that the foremost priority was to drain out the water from houses and markets and after becoming the situation normal, in the second phase, the work of draining out water from offices, residences and katchi abadies is being carried out speedily. He said that a survey has also been started to assess the loss due to recent flood. He informed that 10 ambulances of health department are providing medical care to the affectees whereas ten provincial secretaries are monitoring the relief activities in the flood-hit areas.
Meanwhile, DCO Rajanpur Ghazi Amanullah Khan has said that flood water has started receding in the affected areas and the link of Rojhan city will be restored within next 24 hours and now there is no threat of flood to Rajanpur city. He said that number of relief camps for the flood affectees have been increased to 25 where food is being supplied by district government. He said that health and livestock departments have established relief camps in the calamity-hit areas where besides medicines, anti-snake bite vaccine is being supplied free of cost. Similarly, he said that lady doctors and LHVs are available for the treatment of women.
Meanwhile, Provincial Secretary Social Welfare Punjab Sardar Akram Javed, while addressing representatives of 26 NGOs at Model Children Homes DG Khan, said that all out assistance is being extended to the calamity-hit people and measures are being taken with the cooperation of district administration for the provision of quality food and other facilities as well as their rehabilitation.