Govt to provide Rs1 million compensation to flood victims


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday announced that the government would provide compensation of Rs 1 million each to the families of those who lost their lives during the floods caused by torrential rains in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The prime minister, chairing a high level meeting held to discuss the flood situation in both the provinces, said the compensation would be given after a joint survey of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the provincial disaster management authorities.
The prime minister directed the acting NDMA chairman to immediately reach Quetta and work with the Balochistan government for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood affected people. Calling for the coordinated efforts between the federal and provincial governments, he said there was no room for complacency.
The prime minister asked the NDMA to increase its presence in flood-affected areas of Balochistan and KP. He said due to Allah Almighty’s blessings, all of the country’s dams were safe and secure and that the situation was being monitored round the clock. He told the meeting that he would soon visit Balochistan to assess the extent of the damage and express solidarity with the flood affected population.
The prime minister instructed all federal and provincial government departments to be on the high alert in view of the more monsoon rains in the coming days. He said that the whole nation was deeply grieved over the loss of precious lives as a result of the torrential rains and floods. “We are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief,” he assured.
The prime minister observed that Balochistan and KP governments had done well so far but more needed to be done. However, he assured that the federal government would provide all possible support to them.