Lahore: The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) has evacuated over 7000 flood affectees from flood prone districts and has shifted them to safer places; whereas over 300 seriously injured have been shifted to hospitals by Rescue Ambulances in different districts of Punjab.
DG Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer presiding over a meeting of Disaster Response Force at Rescue 1122 said that 300 boats are participating in rescue operations across the Punjab. The Provincial Monitoring Cell informed the Director General that some 7000 flood affectees have been evacuated and transported to safer places by Rescue 1122; with 1505 in Mandi Bahuddin; 1467 in Hafizabad, 1143 in Sialkot, 710 in Gujranwala, 616 in Narowal, 300 in Chiniot, 217 in Jehlum, 125 in Sheikhupura and 107 in Lahore. The PMC further informed that around 70 persons have been provided first aid. Dr. Rizwan Naseer also warned the citizens asking them to take flood warnings serious in identified districts and immediate vacate the houses and move to safe places.
After chairing a meeting, DG Rescue Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer visited Sheikhupura; Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Jehlum, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahuddin and Jhang districts to monitor flood rescue and relief operations. He also directed the concerned District Emergency Officers to ensure full support and carry out all efforts to evacuate flood affectees and transport them to safe places. Furthermore leaves of the rescuers have been restricted in context of on-going flood situation. Meanwhile, Disaster Response Force of Rescue 1122 comprising of Commander DRF Dr. Farhan Khalid and Deputy Commander Mian Muhammad Ahsan moved to Head Qadirabad in order to provide backup to concerned districts regarding flood relief activities.