Provinces to get 'all necessary assistance' against floods: Nawaz

Published: August 3, 2013

Nawaz directed concerned departments to maintain close liaison with the provincial governments for a coordinated response to flood situation. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed extreme sorrow over the human lives and property lost to the current floods in the country and has ordered that the provincial governments be provided with all necessary assistance to deal with the catastrophe.

The prime minister, currently in Saudi Arabia, directed the concerned departments to maintain close liaison with the provincial governments for a coordinated response to the flood situation.

Sources said that prime minister has directed the information minister Parvez Rasheed to keep an aye on the developments regarding flood and remain in close touch with officials of National Disaster management Authority (NDMA) to hourly account.

The heavy summer rains have triggered flash floods in Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and South Punjab, causing widespread devastation across the three provinces, submerging several villages and drowning dozens of people, according to reports.

Torrential rains also flooded rivers and drains in northern parts of the country, washing complete communities away with it.

According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, there was middle-level flood in the Sindh, Jhelum and Chenab and rivers. Meanwhile, an emergency was declared after a breach in an embankment in Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan. Water level was also surging in River Mola in Jhal Magsi.

Deputy Commissioner said that people were being shifted to safer places. Life boats are being used to transport the population from affected areas to safe locales.

The Met office has predicted more rains in various parts of the country during the next 24 hours.

Nowshehra was put on high alert amid fears as floodwaters were fast heading towards the city after wreaking havoc in other parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Reports indicate that water flow in Budhni Nullah has receded but that traffic was still suspended on Charsadda road. An even more menacing 50,000 cusecs of floodwater was expected to reach Warsak this morning, threatening all habitations along the banks of River Kabul.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Aug 3, 2013 - 9:50PM

    A country altogether driven by religion. Is Umrah more important than you drowning country Mr. PM??

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  • jibran
    Aug 3, 2013 - 10:39PM

    prime minister has directed the information minister Parvez Rasheed to keep an aye on the developments regarding flood and remain in close touch with officials of National Disaster management Authority (NDMA) to hourly account.

    Basically don’t do anything, just unleash the propaganda minister for spin control. And this minister excels in the art of creating a jalaibee out of every topic.

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  • Ali Tipu
    Aug 3, 2013 - 10:43PM

    Doing Umrah with 50+ family members and firends on government expenses is far more important than to be with the affected people of the country.

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  • Jamali
    Aug 3, 2013 - 10:50PM

    This guy is surely sincere to this nation. God bless you sir.

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  • Blithe
    Aug 4, 2013 - 12:31AM

    No central institutions left in the country to mange this stage of development snd infrastructure problems in the country.

    No central authority to make dams , no effective federal ministry to deal with national disasters, including dengue outbreak in Karachi.

    Thanks you Raza Rabbani for destroying Pakistan through the silly 18th amendment.

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  • agha usman
    Aug 4, 2013 - 12:33AM

    PM is praying for his party tenure of 5 years.

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  • Liberal
    Aug 4, 2013 - 12:35AM

    Time for information minister to keep an eye on the situation, blame KPK chief minister for not tackling the situation and praise the offer made by PM. Moreover, describe sacrifice made by Royal guest to spare few moments to view the situation of flood effected people and express his deep sorrow. Thanks Khadim e Azam.

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  • Aug 4, 2013 - 2:02AM

    And surely sir, the federal government should also do all the necessary assistance against the flood.
    Come back from Umra as early as possible to manage the things in better way if u feel its your prime responsibility as prime minister of the poor nation.

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  • Khan
    Aug 4, 2013 - 3:34AM

    Pakistan needs to build dams to control floods and to generate cheap electricity. If we did not build dams then we would become a desert country like Somalia.

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  • Dj
    Aug 4, 2013 - 3:44AM

    @Jamali: LOL!

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  • Xnain
    Aug 4, 2013 - 3:57AM

    Until we will keep doing politics over water reservoirs. We will keep getting such floods every year. We rather prefer to drown our people than building consensus. What you sow, shall you reap.

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