LAHORE: The provincial government has decided to increase the compensation money for the relatives of the deceased from Rs100,000 to Rs300,000.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced the enhancement on Friday at a high-level meeting called to review the flood situation.
The chief minister directed the provincial ministers and administrative secretaries to visit the affected areas and monitor the relief activities.
Nasir Mahmood Khosa, the chief secretary, MPA Abdul Hafeez Khan, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, a Board of Revenue senior member, secretaries of the Health, Irrigation and Power, Communications and Works, Information, Food and Livestock Departments, the director general of relief work and senior officers of the departments concerned were also present.
Shahbaz directed the officials to take all precautions to protect the life and property of the people in the flood affected areas of the province.
He told the Health Department officials to ensure the availability of vaccines and medicines, including the snakebite vaccines.
He said that the flood victims should be provided bottled drinking-water in areas where safe water was not available.
Shahbaz said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) would be directed to visit the affected areas to monitor the performance of the police officials.
He said that Punjab Constabulary personnel should be immediately deployed in those areas.
He directed the Food Department to take special measures to protect the food stocks.
The chief minister told the meeting that a special cell had already been set up under the chief secretary to monitor the flood situation and relief work across the province. He said that the cell would keep him updated on the issue.
Earlier, while giving a briefing on the flood situation and the relief measures, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, a senior Board of Revenue member, said that the water level in Nulleh Leh was normal.
He also spoke about the damage caused by the flood in River Indus in Mianwali and in hill torrents in Rajanpur.
The secretaries of the Health, Irrigation and Livestock Departments informed the participants about the relief activities undertaken by their departments.
The Communications and Works secretary spoke particularly about the damage caused by landslides in Murree and steps taken to repair the roads.
The Meteorological Department representative while briefing the officials who attended the meeting said that the rains recorded this year had been more than the initial forecasts.
Published in the Express Tribune, July 31st, 2010.
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