PM Gilani says govt cannot cope with floods on its own

Published: August 8, 2010
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Pakistani residents carry their belongings as they cross a flooded area. PHOTO:AFP

Pakistani residents carry their belongings as they cross a flooded area. PHOTO:AFP

SUKKUR: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said that the losses being caused by seasonal floods are beyond the country’s resources however the government will not leave the flood affected people helpless.

Talking to the media during his visit to Sukkur Barrage on Sunday, he said that the unprecedented devastation caused by the current flood exceeds the destruction wreaked by the earthquake in 2005.

The Prime Minister said all possible resources will be utilised for the rehabilitation of the flood affectees who will not be left destitute.

The government will seek asistance from the international community after detailed estimation of the losses once the flood is over, the Prime Minister said.

PM Gilani appealed to the international community to stand by Pakistan in this hour of trial. Prime Minister Gilani also directed the government organisations and activists of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to fan out and zealously participate in rescue, rehabilitation and help of the flood affectees.

Earlier at the office of Executive Engineer Sukkur Barrage the Prime Minister was given an elaborate briefing by Provincial Irrigation Secretary Shujauddin Junejo about the flood position, and the measures taken for the rescue and assistance of the affected families.

Talking to the media the Prime Minister said it is believed that three districts of Sindh will be affected by the breach which occurred in a bund on Friday, as a result of which many more areas could be submerged in water.

Prime Minister Gilani said the provinces of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Balochistan as well as Gilgit-Baltistan were badly affected by the flood. He said that the government is striving its best to accelerate the rescue operation and not to spare any effort in their rehabilitation.

The devastation and loss caused by the flood is irrecoverable and the country has been pushed back by many years, said the Prime Minister

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