Time to do hectic relief work, not hold rallies: PM Shehbaz

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday reached Dadu to inspect the relief activities in the flood-affected areas, saying the situation is dire and require hectic relief work and not rallies.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah accompanied the prime minister, who visited Jhakro village in Dadu where he was briefed on the damage caused by floods and the relief work. The prime minister also visited the medical camp set up for the flood-affected people.

“Four days of continuous rain caused further destruction. At least 800,000 people became homeless in the area. There is also a shortage of tents. The flood victims are being delivered ration through helicopter,” the officials briefed the prime minister.

On the occasion, the prime minister commended the efforts of officials and the Sindh chief minister for helping the flood victims. Shehbaz urged the people to work in unison by extending a helping hand to the people suffering with the devastation in the wake of massive floods.

Terming noble service the helping the people in distress, Shehbaz stressed the need for rising above politics and the so-called ‘number game’ in order to converge the energies to help the flood-hit people.

The prime minister pointed out that the post-flood situation in the country demanded to reach out to the flood victims instead of holding public rallies.

In his address to the locals during his visit to the tent-city set up in Jhakro village to accommodate the flood victims, Shehbaz said all the segments of society including the federal government, provincial governments and the people across the country needed to work hand-in-hand with an objective to mitigate the problems of flood-stricken population.

Shehbaz expressed satisfaction over the efforts made by the Sindh government, armed forces and the disaster management authorities in providing relief to the flood-affected people. He said the flood affected 33 million people including 1,600 dead and inflicting a huge loss of $30 billion to the national economy.

He mentioned that the government had disbursed Rs 42 billion among the flood-affected people as part of relief and rehabilitation activities. The prime minister said Pakistan alone could not overcome the challenge of massive floods and called upon the world to amplify its assistance to Pakistan.

He expressed gratitude to the philanthropists for providing relief assistance to Pakistan in the hour of need. He assured the flood-hit people that the government would leave no stone unturned in extending help to them.

Flanked by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and senior officials of the provincial government, the prime minister visited the tent-city where he was given a detailed briefing on the damage caused by floods.

PM Sharif was apprised that floods affected all areas of district Dadu, leaving 37 persons dead while damaging its infrastructure and crops. During his interaction with patients at the medical camp, the prime minister inquired about their health and assured them of best possible treatment.

He directed the authorities concerned to ensure availability of necessary medicine at the camp to cope with the emerging challenge of malaria, diarrhea and other epidemics and breakouts.

The prime minister also visited a makeshift school set up in the premises of the tent-city aimed at preventing loss of education of the students after the floods swept away their schools. He announced on the occasion construction of a smart school for the children of the area equipped with latest technological facilities.

PM Sharif mingled with the children at the school and joined them in raising national slogans of Pakistan Zindabad (Long Live Pakistan) and Quaid-i-Azam Zindabad. The prime minister resumed his visit to the flood-affected areas within 24 hours as he returned last night from London, where he had stayed after attending the session of United Nations General Assembly in New York.