PM directs preparedness to cope with flood threats

Aug 26, 2013| Courtesy by : Associated Press of Pakistan

QADIRPUR, Aug 24 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed all the provincial governments to enhance their preparedness to meet with flood threats in the wake of more rains predicted for September and ensure necessary measures for relief and rehabilitation of the affected population. Talking to media persons during his visit to the flood-hit areas of Sindh, the Prime Minister said that besides Sindh, the recent rains had affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and some localities of the Balochistan province also.
He said that more rains had been forecast for September and both the federal and the provincial governments should jointly work to cope with the floods.

He said that several families had been shifted to safe places and their villages had been inundated. He expressed grief over the loss of nine lives and some cattleheads in Sukkur area and sympathized with the aggrieved families.
The Prime Minister, however, said that the losses were far lesser than those inflicted by the 2010 floods. He directed the authorities concerned to ensure provision of tents, ration and medicine to the affected families.
“In case water level increases due to predicted rains, we should be prepared to tackle the situation. Besides the Sindh government, I direct Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other provincial governments to make preparations. The Federal Government will consider as to how it can assist the provinces in this regard,” said the Prime Minister.
To a question about the economic corridor linking Gwadar with China, Prime Minister Sharif said that a Chinese team would visit Pakistan in a couple of days to discuss the project.
The project is in preliminary stage as its alignment is being worked out, he added.
He said that he wanted to launch the project as soon as possible because it was vital for the country’s progress and prosperity.
Regarding the Gadani Power Park Project, the Prime Minister said it would generate 6,600 megawatts electricity through 10 plants. Some key decisions have been taken at the steering committee meeting held earlier in day at Hub, to ensure completion of the project on fast-track basis, he added.
When asked about the menace of terrorism, the Prime Minister said the government authorities and security institutions were jointly working out a comprehensive policy on the issue.
Earlier, the Prime Minister took an aerial view of the flood-hit areas in Ghotki and distributed relief goods among the affected people.
The Prime Minister was also briefed about the flood situation where the authorities concerned also complained lack of funds to improve the canal system and protect the embankments.
Earlier on arrival at the Sukkur Airport, the Prime Minister was received by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

(Courtesy: Associated Press of Pakistan)