PM Shehbaz forms committee to assess damage in flood-hit areas
Orders increasing aid for injured persons from Rs50,000 to Rs200,000: Also directs to increase aid for partially damaged houses from Rs25,000 to Rs250,000 and for completely damaged houses from Rs50,000 to Rs500,000
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Thursday presided over a meeting during which he formed a committee of federal ministers to assess the damage in the areas hit by monsoon rains and floods across the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The prime minister directed the committee members to visit all the flood-hit areas within the next four days.
“On August 4, short-term, mid-term and long-term comprehensive plans will be formed in the light of the committee’s recommendations,” he said.
“The aid to the affected/injured should be increased from Rs50,000 to Rs200,000,” he added.
“By abolishing the separate aid [packages] for mud and cement houses, the same assistance should be provided for all the damaged houses,” he ordered.
“The aid for partially damaged houses should be increased from Rs25,000 to Rs250,000, and for completely damaged houses from Rs50,000 to Rs500,000,” he directed.
“The federal government will fully support the provincial governments to deal with the effects of this natural disaster,” he vowed.
Climate change is an undeniable reality of our times & has serious consequences for developing countries like Pakistan. Our ongoing floods & torrential rains need to be seen from that angle. The government is aligning its development goals with the climate change requirements.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 28, 2022
“Pakistan is the responsibility of all of us. We will help the flood-hit people through mutual support,” he added.
“The national and provincial disaster management authorities should implement the strategy of disaster risk management instead of disaster management,” he stressed.
“The ministries and institutions concerned should intensify efforts to obtain financial support by establishing contacts with international donor agencies,” he directed.
I have called on govt of Punjab to immediately provide flood assistance to ppl in the devasted areas of South Punjab & in the affected areas of Mianwali distt. I have also asked the KP govt to immed provide flood relief to the ppl in affected areas of Balochistan.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 28, 2022
“The federal government will write a letter to the honourable court to provide the funds available in the Supreme Court for the rehabilitation of the infrastructure damaged by the recent rains and floods in Karachi,” he stated.
“Climate change is a reality of the present era the effects of which are causing havoc in the whole world including Pakistan,” the prime minister pointed out.
“The relief activities of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and provincial governments during rains and floods are commendable,” he commended.
Reporter: Awais Kiyani