ISLAMABAD: After declaring emergency in rain-hit areas of the country, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has established a relief fund for assistance of flood-stricken people.
In a statement on Saturday, Shehbaz Sharif also made a fervent appeal to the people, especially the philanthropists, to generously help and donate for the people affected by the floods with the spirit of the ‘Ansar-i-Madinah’.
Alluding to the devastation caused by floods due to unprecedented rains, the prime minister said there has been an extraordinary destruction in Balochistan whilst immense losses have also been caused in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
Shehbaz Sharif said despite difficult economic situation the government has immediately released five billion rupees for the flood victims. He said there is a need to help the flood affected brothers, sisters and children with the spirit of ‘Ansar-i-Madinah’.
The cash assistance for the flood victims can be deposited in Prime Minister’s Relief Fund 2022 Account No. ‘G-12164’
The federal government has already declared emergency in the flood ravaged areas while the provincial governments have also been asked to declare the affected areas as calamity hit so that relief activities can be further accelerated.
Earlier, the federal government, on the direction of Shehbaz Sharif has declared emergency in the rain and flood-affected areas to expedite relief and rehabilitation process.
The prime minister has also directed the Ministry of Finance to immediately provide five billion rupees to the National Disaster Management Authority for this purpose.
Presiding over a meeting to review relief and rehabilitation work in flood-affected areas yesterday, Shehbaz Sharif said “We have to help people beyond our political interests.”
He also constituted a high-level committee to ensure effective relief activities through coordination between NDMA and Provincial Disaster Management Authorities.
Shehbaz said that in view of the climate change, there is a need to formulate medium-term and long-term policies. He called upon the provincial governments to send authentic information and reports to the federal government so as to assess the damages caused by rains and flood at the earliest.
The prime minister said the joint survey is inevitable to assess the damages and pay compensation for the damaged structures and other losses.