Flood relief operations continue across Pakistan: ISPR

Army aids provincial administration in rescuing people, providing assistance to those impacted by floods

News Desk August 23, 2022
Torrential rains and flash floods cause widespread destruction in parts of DI Khan. Photos: Express


The rescue and relief operation by the Pakistan Army continues across the country after several regions were inundated by record rainfall.

In Sindh, rescue operations were conducted in Hyderabad, Sanghar, Badin, Thatta, Jamshoro, Noshero Feroz and other districts, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Tuesday.

Two army helicopters were flown from Karachi to the affected areas of interior Sindh to speed up rescue and relief efforts.

The military's media wing added that rations were also distributed in the affected areas and medical aid was provided to the people.

The army continued its assistance to the civil administration of Punjab and helicopters distributed relief supplies to the flood-hit people in far-flung and inaccessible areas of the Dera Ghazi Khan district and flew four sorties for the most affected areas including Mubarki, Fazla Katch, Basti Buzdar.

The military’s statement further said that tents and rations were transported to the flood victims.

In Balochistan, the army and Frontier Corps troops assisted the provincial administration in Quetta, Pishin, Qila Saif Ullah, Ziarat, Zhob, Loralai and Noshki.

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Relief camps were established in Naseerabad, Duki and Lasbela areas, the ISPR said, adding that the army and FC medical camps were also set up in inundated areas.

Frontier Corps troops also assisted the local authorities in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and conducted relief operations in Chitral and other flood-hit areas, the ISPR said.

PM, COAS discuss relief

Earlier, Prime Minister Shehabaz Sharif discussed with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt Gen Akhtar Nawaz the flood situation, rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations in the affected areas.

During the telephonic conversation, the premier and the army chief discussed the situation of flood victims and relief and rehabilitation operations in the flood-hit areas, especially in Sindh.

PM Shehbaz also stressed upon acceleration of the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts, the PM Office said in a statement.

Gen Bajwa apprised the prime minister of the army’s full cooperation in the rescue and relief operations in Sindh.

The prime minister directed for provision of helicopters as the road and bridges had been damaged in the province. He observed that helicopters would be helpful in the rescue and relief operations since the linking roads between Sindh and Balochistan provinces had been eroded.

He also appreciated the cooperation and passion of the Pakistan Army in the rescue and relief operations.

The army chief also informed that he had issued special direction to the Commander Southern Command over the relief activities in Balochistan.


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