Says PPP co-chairman to send relief to Punjab

7 lac cusecs of flood expected in Sindh: Sharjeel

HYDERABAD (INP): Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government, Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that around seven Lac cusecs of flood is expected in Sindh for which government is capable enough to handle.

This he said while talking to media just after visiting different protective bands of River Indus. He said that the flood water gushing from Punjab would reduce to about 7 lac caused at Guddu Barrage and it would further come down at Sukkur and Kotri Barrages.

“There is no need to worry but I would urge people living in Katcha area to vacate the homes at the earliest and move to safer places or camps set up by Provincial Disaster Management Authority ?(PDMA),” he said and added that the PDMA had already made necessary arrangements of tents, food and medicines.

He said he had visited various protective bands and except a few portions most of the bands have been strengthened. “The vulnerable points are being monitored and their strengthening work is in progress,” he assured.

He deplored that encroachments have appeared in the katcha area where people have constructed houses, mosques and schools. “We would take necessary measure to remove these encroachments once the forthcoming ?natural calamity is passed away,” he vowed.

The minister said that for the first time funds for payment of electricity bills of WASA have been allocated.

Sharjeel Memon replying to a question said that PPP chief Asif Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would also send relief goods to Punjab. “Our co- chairman is worried about the flood victims of Punjab,” he said and added the PPP workers and leaders on his instructions were working for relief in Punjab.

Taking about dharnas in Islamabad, Sharjeel Memon said “it has been an issue of egos; otherwise their constitutional demands have been accepted by the government.

He appealed to Imran Khan and Tahira Qadri to end their sit-ins and participate in relief work.

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