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Thursday 6th October 2022 / 10 Rabiulawal 1444

PM to visit flood-hit Tank, Dera Ismail Khan today

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will visit the flood-affected southern districts of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa including Tank and Dera Ismail Khan today (Tuesday).

The prime minister will review the ongoing relief work in the flood-affected areas.

Earlier, the prime minister’s visit to Tank and DI Khan scheduled for Sunday was postponed due to inclement weather.

On Monday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif ordered strict action against the provincial administration over negligence in ensuring the availability of food and drinking water at the tent city set up to accommodate the flood-affected people of Balochistan.

This is his second visit to the province in three days.

The prime minister issued the directive during his visit to the tent city in the Khusnob area of Qila Saifullah district, saying that negligence over relief and rescue operations would not be tolerated.

Talking to journalists, PM Sharif expressed regret over the plight of displaced persons who faced unavailability of edible items at relief camps and were left with no other option but to travel back to their homes to get food.

He said loopholes had been identified regarding the lack of a record-keeping system at the medical relief system at camps and stressed addressing the issue at the earliest.

He mentioned that torrential rains led to heavy loss of lives and infrastructure in Balochistan, for which the federal government was determined to extend every possible assistance to the provincial government.

He asked the National Disaster and Management Authority (NDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to pace up relief and rescue operations to best facilitate the victims and conduct a joint survey of damaged houses and crops.

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