Whole nation is united to help flood victims, says PM Shehbaz

Announces Rs5 million for labourers working on restoring infrastructure in Kachhi district

By: News Desk
Published: 10:20 AM, 4 Sep, 2022
Whole nation is united to help flood victims, says PM Shehbaz
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday visited the flood-hit areas of Balochistan to review work for the rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The prime minister was briefed about the situation of the flood-hit road and railway infrastructure at Panjra Bridge in Kachhi district.

He appreciated the efforts of the engineers and other authorities engaged in the rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure. “The flood caused havoc in the entire country. Sindh was affected by floods the most,” he said.

“Hundreds of thousands of houses were destroyed in floods. Cattle heads were washed away and crops destroyed,” he added.

The prime minister also announced Rs5 million for the labourers engaged in the rehabilitation of infrastructure.

He also said that the entire nation was united to help flood victims.

Shehbaz Sharif said during the current situation which arose after the monsoon rains and floods, the entire nation was working in unison and inspiration to overcome the problems which was very important.

Expressing his views after getting a briefing from the relevant authorities over the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts of road, rail and bridges infrastructure in the Kachhi area, Shehbaz Sharif said it was a matter of satisfaction that all the people had been involved to overcome the enormous issues after the natural calamity hit the country.

Appreciating the efforts of the district administration authorities and others, the prime minister said their commitment and devotion had been a source of inspiration for the general public. He said he saluted all those who had been involved in the relief and rehabilitation efforts. The chief minister and the chief secretary had been coordinating and working with all the relevant authorities, he added.

It was your commitment to the nation, he said, adding that their efforts would serve as a beacon of light for the people. It was the teamwork that could yield results in trying times, he opined.

The prime minister announced Rs5 million relief grant for the labourers who were working there in the difficult situation and another amount of Rs1 million for the staff that was working for the restoration of gas pipelines. A committee would be set up to dispense the amount on merit.

He said the floods had caused large-scale damages across the country, affecting all the provinces. About 1300 lives were lost, livestock swept away, while the economic and infrastructure damages were enormous.

In this district, the prime minister said, recent floods had swept away Bibi Nani bridge, disrupting traffic from Quetta to Sukkur and leaving about 6000 people stranded on both ends. He appreciated the NHA, law enforcement jawans and other authorities who restored the damaged bridge within 8 hours, adding that they did a great national service.

The prime minister said that when a catastrophe hit, the whole nation stood up and march in unison by working hard to overcome the challenges. The prime minister announced Rs3 million for those labourers working on the restoration of Bibi Nani bridge.

National Highway Authority Chairman Khurram Agha also briefed the prime minister about the restoration of Bibi Nani bridge. About 106 kms road around Bibi Nani and Pinjar Bridges were largely affected.

The chief minister thanked the prime minister for his visits and continuous support to the flood-affected areas of the province. He said the FC personnel had played a major role in the restoration of connectivity bridge.

He also announced Rs2 million for the labourers and workers.

Meanwhile, he tweeted: “As Pakistan battles one of the worst climate-induced calamities, among the most adversely affected are children. With over 400 dead, they make up one third of overall death toll. Now they are at even greater risk of water-borne diseases. The UNICEF and other global agencies should help.”

Two sisters drown in Jafarabad 

In another tragic incident, two young sisters were drowned in flood water in city Dera Allah Yar in district Jafarabad.

Reportedly, 10-year-old Nargis, d/o Wazir Ali and r/o Baba Colony, was drowned in flood water. Seeing her sister being swept away by gushing waters, her elder sister 14-year-old Nazira jumped into water. But the elder sibling neither could save herself nor her sister and both were drowned.

Reporters Umar Aslam and Mir Arif Bugti