Over 2.4 m people affected, 44,597 houses damaged, crops land badly damaged
ISLAMABAD, Sept15 (INP): The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting today at the Finance Ministry to assess damage and devastation caused by the recent floods in the country.
Mr. Ikhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Secretary Cabinet, briefed the Finance Minister on the current situation of floods. According to Mr. Tarar the recent floods have affected 23 districts in Punjab, 10 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and 5 in Gilgit Baltistan.
According to the reports submitted by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to the meeting, more than 2.4 million people have been affected by the current floods and 44,597 houses have been damaged. Crops have also suffered, on 1,544,653 Acres on irrigated lands from inundation.
The Finance Minister asked the NDMA to update the participants of the meeting on the level of the rescue work so far undertaken. The meeting was briefed that 19 helicopters and 564 boats are being used for rescue work. Tents, blankets, plastic mats, food packs, aqua tablets and water filtration plants have been distributed among the flood affectees by NDMA, PDMA and Pakistan Army in Punjab, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan. Rs. 2 billion have already been given to the District administration for rescue work.
The Finance Minister directed the participants of the meeting to complete Multi Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) with the help of UNOCHA, NGOs, NDMA, PDMA and District Authorityes within 2 weeks. Districts selected for MIRA will be Hafizabad, Chiniot, Jhang, Multan and Mandi Bahauddin, which are severely affected by the floods.
Finance Minister was briefed by NDMA officials that post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA) for early recovery needs and restoration requirements will be complete in 2 months.
The Finance Minister said that though the disaster caused by the recent floods was massive and we have to deal with it at a time when we have to restore the IDPs as well. We will make all out efforts to complete the task and we hope that media will guide us as well as the domestic and foreign relief workers to direct our efforts in relief work.
The meeting was attended by representatives from NDMA, Punjab Disaster Management Authority, representatives from AJK Government along with the senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, Water and Power, Ministry of Communication and Ministry of National Food Security and Research and Economic Affairs Division.
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