COAS vows to spare no efforts in helping flood-hit people

Armed forces providing free medical service, ration in Balochistan; rescuing flood-hit victims to safe locations

COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa inquired about well-being of local people affected due to floods. SCREENGRAB (File photo)


Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said the people of Pakistan were the army’s top priority and they would not spare any effort in assisting them in this difficult time.

Addressing the troops busy in rescue and relief activities in the flood-hit areas, the army chief said: “The safety and well-being of our countrymen comes first and we won't rest until each one of the flood affected is not only reached but rehabilitated, no matter how much effort is required."

The COAS visited the flood-affected areas of Balochistan, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.

Gen Qamar went to flood relief and medical camps established at Goth Sadoori, Lakhra, Lasbela and inquired about the well-being of the local people affected by floods.

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The COAS also met troops busy in relief operations and lauded their efforts in service of men, women and children in distress.

The army chief directed utilising all available resources to assist the civil administration for rescue, relief and rehabilitation of people and infrastructure in the flood-affected areas.

"We must reach out to our brothers and sisters in need without waiting for orders and help them overcome this natural calamity," the COAS said.

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Earlier, the ISPR informed that Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan continued rescue operation in flooded areas along with the civil administration and the Provincial Disaster Management authority (PDMA).

The Commander 12 Corps also visited flood-affected areas. Recent rains and floods have badly affected the vast population of Balochistan.

Along with the loss of people's lives and finances, the highways have also been affected, which was causing disruption in the relief work.

"Pakistan Army and FC Balochistan are busy day and night in service of victims with district administration and PDMA in all districts," it said.

More than 1,000 people trapped in the floods have been rescued to safe places.

After reports of 11 people being trapped in a flood relay in the area of Quetta, Pakistan Army Aviation rescued these people during very bad weather and heavy rain and moved them to a safe place.

The food and other needs have been provided by the Police Line Quetta Cantt to the victims of the population affected by continuous rains in Quetta.

Pakistan Army and FC are providing relief campus, free medical facilities, food and other household items in Quetta, Muslim Bagh, Chaman, Sui, Dera Bugti, Sibi, Lehri, Nasirabad, Bela, Uthal and Jafarabad areas.

For the quick recovery of transportation, the civil administration and the armed forces were busy in repair of the roads and bridges.


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