All efforts being made to look after flood victims: CM Shahbaz
20 August, 2013
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that entire administrative machinery of the province is actively engaged in relief activities and looking after flood victims.
Talking to flood victims after reviewing relief activities and flood situation during his visit to Garh Maharaja, Jhang, he said that provincial ministers, secretaries and district administration had been mobilised for the relief and rehabilitation of flood-hit people in the affected areas.
The chief minister said that relief activities would remain in full swing until complete rehabilitation of the victims. He said that a comprehensive programme had been evolved for immediate rehabilitation of victims and flood-hit areas. He said that such measures would be adopted immediately which could help in providing relief to the victims.
The chief minister said that Punjab government had taken special measures for the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims. He said that relief camps had been set up in affected areas, where medicines, food, essential items and mineral water were provided in abundance.
He said that rehabilitation of flood victims was his government's top priority and it was standing with the victims in the hour of need.
He said that the work of rehabilitation and relief of victims was being carried out as a national responsibility and the government would not leave them alone in the hour of trial.
Shahbaz Sharif, while reviewing the situation caused by under-construction Haq Bahoo Bridge between Garh Maharaja and Shorkot on Chenab River, said that steps should be taken immediately for strengthening and further raising protective embankments on both sides of the bridge.
He said that the previous government started the project of construction of Sultan Bahoo Bridge without building protective spurs, which posed serious threat to Garh Maharaja due to floods, but the Punjab government saved the city by taking timely measures.
He said that floodwater in Chenab River would recede within the next few days and the victims would return to their homes. But, he said, officers of the departments concerned would remain present for taking care of the victims during this period.
The chief minister also visited the tent village set up for the flood victims near the bridge and inquired from the people about relief assistance and facilities being provided by the government.
He assured them that the Punjab government would take all possible care of them and quality edible items would be provided. He said that the government would also compensate the losses to the houses, crops, as well as livestock, after conducting a survey of the flood-hit areas.
The chief minister also visited the camps set up by the Punjab Health Department and the Livestock Department and directed the staff to spare no effort in providing relief to the calamity-hit people.
Shahbaz Sharif also took an aerial view of flood hit area of Shorkot and Garh Maharaja.