Heavy rains: Minister directs authorities for measures to cope with flood situation

FAISALABAD, Sept 05 (INP): Punjab Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights/Incharge Flood Control Plan Faisalabad Division Sardar Tahir Khalil Sandhu has directed the concerned departments to take immediate measures to cope with the situation arising out of the heavy rains and rapid relief activities should be ensured to lessen the people?s difficulties due to the rain water.


He issued these directives while presiding over an emergency meeting held at DCO office committee room to review the implementation of flood control plan here on Friday. The Minister said that the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has assigned responsibilities to Provincial Ministers to monitor relief activities during the heavy rains in the different parts of the Punjab province; therefore, he was monitoring the flood control arrangements at Faisalabad Division.? He directed the WASA officers and others concerned departments to remain active in the field and to ensure immediate drain out of rain water from the low lying areas.


Tahir Khalil said that the Crisis Management Centres of WASA should be active and functional around the clock and its telephone numbers should be publicized for the awareness of general public.? He emphasized upon utilization of all possible resources for drainage of rain water and ordered for putting the medical emergency services in the hospitals on high alert.? He appreciated the setting up District Flood Control Emergency Centre in DCO office for ensuring the coordination among the concerned departments for speedily relief operation in case of any untoward incident during the heavy rain and windstorm.? He told that Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human lives in various incidents of roof collapse due to heavy rains in the province and announced financial assistance of Rs. 0.5 million for each aggrieved families of deceased.


The property loss would also be compensated after carrying out the survey from the committees setting up for this purpose.? Meanwhile, the Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu also visited Flood Emergency Control Room established at DCO office, he was given briefing by DCO Noorul Amin Mengal and MD WASA about the measures taken for flood control.

Later, the Minister took a round of different localities of the city and inspected the situation of rain water.? He also went to Kaleem Shaheed Colony No. 2 and met with the family of deceased Abdul Majeed who died in the incident of roof collapse of power loom factory.? He expressed sympathies with the family and said that the Punjab govt.was

standing by its affected brethren and sisters and fully shared their grief.?He informed that the CM Punjab has provided financial assistance of Rs. 5 lac for them.? Members of Parliament Sh. Ejaz Ahmad, Dr. Najma Afzal, Haji Khalid Saeed, Madiha Rana, Haji Ilyas Ansari, DCO Noorul Amin Mengal, MD WASA Syed Zahid Aziz and other

concerned officers were also present on the occasion.



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