No Province At Bay From Rain-Related Devastation

No Province At Bay From Rain-Related Devastation

Damage From Monsoon Rains and Flooding

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Monday declared a state of emergency in four districts as widespread damage from monsoon rains and flooding persisted throughout the nation.

Meanwhile, relief supplies were airdropped in Punjab’s Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur districts, dozens of families were relocated to tents in Gilgit-Baltistan after their villages were destroyed, and work is still being done to repair the National Highway link between Punjab and Balochistan. 

Glacier Melting in Gilgit-Baltistan

While glacier melting in Gilgit-Baltistan wrecked havoc on Hoper Valley and Nagar Khas, where flooding washed away small villages of Sha­man and Tokerkot, leaving about 50 families homeless, the KP government declared an emergency in Dera Ismail Khan, Upper and Lower Chitral, and Upper Kohistan districts. 

The federal government decided to hold a donors’ conference to inform international institutions about the devastation caused by floods as well as the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts by the federal and provincial governments while taking stock of the deteriorating situation and reviewing relief measures in the flood-affected areas at two separate meetings, both of which were presided over by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. 

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Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman, Adviser to PM Ahad Cheema, Member of the Punjab Assembly Awais Leghari, and Chairman of the National Disaster Manage­ment Authority (NDMA), Lt-Gen Akhtar Nawaz, all attended the meeting regarding the donors’ conference. 

PM’s Flood Relief Fund

The prime minister commanded that 40,000 tents and 100,000 ration packages be sent right once to flood victims and that steps be taken to rebuild and restore flood-affected communities. Additionally, he urged the charitable sector to donate generously to the PM’s Flood Relief Fund. 

Despite the launch of an aerial operation to deliver supplies to the flood-affected areas of Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur districts later in the day, high floods in the Indus River are predicted to rise even higher due to torrential rains on the Taunsa hill, endangering the already devastated areas of the two districts.

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