Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that biggest rescue and relief operation is continuing successfully in flood-hit areas of the province, under Punjab government, and more than three lakh people have so far been shifted to safer places. He said that one lakh 20 thousand food hampers and two lakh 50 thousand mineral water bottles have been provided to the affectees. He said that relief and medical camps have been set up in affected areas for providing treatment facilities to the affectees. The Chief Minister said that we will spare no effort in rehabilitation and providing assistance to affectees and not rest content till rehabilitation of last person.
He expressed these views while talking to media-men and addressing affectees during his visit to flood affected areas today. The Chief Minister visited Narowal, Shakargarh, Bajwaat (Sialkot), Khanewal, Muzaffargarh and other flood-hit areas for ten hours and reviewed relief activities. He met affectees and inquired about their problems. He also visited Noor Kot of Tehsil Shakargarh, district Narowal, Chakra and adjacent villages and also inspected Nullah Bhai. Addressing to the affectees on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that first installment of financial assistance will be paid to the affectees before Eid-ul-Azha. Shahbaz Sharif said that he had not seen such destruction in his practical life. He said that Punjab government has started survey for assessing losses caused to crops and properties.
Shahbaz Sharif said that he will not rest content till complete rehabilitation of affectees and will visit Narowal again to review the situation. He directed administration to immediately start construction and repair work of affected roads for the convenience of the people. He said that no effort should be spared for providing potable water to the affectees.
During a briefing to the Chief Minister on the occasion, it was told that 16 persons died due to flood and rains in Narowal whereas cheques of financial assistance have been provided to the heirs of 15 persons by Punjab government. Relief and medical camps have been set up in affected areas of the district. More than 13 thousand food hampers have been distributed among the affectees. As many as 29 thousand animals have been vaccinated whereas more than 10 thousand kilo gram “wanda” has been provided to the livestock.
Talking to media-men at Shakargarh, Shahbaz Sharif said that MNAs and MPAs of other political parties except PTI are helping flood affectees. He said PTI is the only party, the leadership and assembly members of which are celebrating “Jashan” in Islamabad. He said that the decision of celebrating “Jashan” by PTI tantamount to adding insult to the injury of distressed people. The Chief Minister visited Bajwaat and adjoining villages, flood-hit areas of Sialkot and reviewed relief activities. He directed that boats from those areas where these are not required should be sent to other districts and the number of boats should be increased keeping in view the requirements of affected people.
Shahbaz Sharif said that if any complaint with regard to shortage of boats is received, he will take strict notice. He said that tandoors should be set up in affected villages for providing “Roti” to the affectees and provision of Roti should be ensured at every cost. Addressing the affectees at Khojay Chak, adjacent village of Bajwaat, Shahbaz Sharif said that he will not rest content till compensation of losses and rehabilitation of affectees. On what basis those staging sit-in in Islamabad are celebrating “Jashan”, he questioned. He said that Punjab is inundated from Sialkot to Muzaffargarh, lakhs of people have been affected but the elements staging sit-in are busy in celebrating “Jashan”. He said that these elements should come forward for the assistance of flood affectees. He said that the nation will not forgive those staging sit-in but their coming generation as well. He said that the recent flood is one of the worst floods and has caused huge loss to property and infrastructure.
Shahbaz Sharif said that all resources will be utilized for compensating the losses caused in Bajwaat. He reviewed the losses caused due to flood in River Tavi. The Chief Minister today again visited tent village set up for flood affectees at Head Muhammadwala of Muzaffargarh area. On the special direction of Chief Minister, Punjab government has installed first mechanical tandoor which produces large number of “Rotis” in a very short time. Men and women in the tent village expressed their happiness over getting “Rotis” from mechanical tandoor. The affectees while praying for Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that “Tainu Rab Dian Rakhan”.
The Chief Minister ate “Roti” with the affectees and appreciated it. On the installation of mechanical tandoor, provision of fresh “Rotis” to the affectees and improvement of other arrangements, the Chief Minister in the strongest words questioned the administration why the work which has been done today, had not been done earlier. Whether arrival of Chief Minister is necessary to provide “Roti” to the poor, he questioned. Shahbaz Sharif said that he is helping the brothers and sisters in distress but how can he reach every place. He directed that provision of Roti and curry to the affectees in tent village should be continued and similar mechanical tandoors should be set up in other relief camps and where it is not possible, ordinary tandoors should be set up. Shahbaz Sharif met affectees in tent village Faazil Shah of Khanewal.
The administration gave briefing to the Chief Minister on the occasion. Shahbaz Sharif while directing to set up mechanical tandoors in relief camps of Mian Channu and Kabirwala said that the meal should be provided in relief camps three times at every cost. He said that availability of medicines in abundance should be ensured in the tents. He said that complete compensation of losses will be paid.