PM visits flood relief camp in Rahim Yar Khan

M Nawaz has reached a relief camp in Chachran and will be briefed by District Coordinator Officer Rahim Yar Khan regarding the flood situation.   — AFP/fileISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday arrived in Rahim Yar Khan to visit the flood-hit areas in the district affected by floods.
PM Nawaz reached a relief camp in Chachran where he was briefed by District Coordinator Officer Rahim Yar Khan on the floods. The DCO informed PM Nawaz that 556,000 cusec water in River Indus is passing through the district due to which 66 mauzas of the area are under water.
He added that over 41,396 acres of crops have been affected by 34,715 locals have been rescued and taken to safe areas. Furthermore, he said 53,809 cattle have been vaccinated against the spread of waterborne diseases.
The Prime Minister was informed that 21 flood relief camps have been set up in the district to cater to the needs of 56000 affected people.
Punjab chief secretary along with Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan also accompanied the premier who will also take an aerial view of the areas.
PM Nawaz on Wednesday had announced Rs 500 million aid package for the flood affected people in Chitral during a visit of the region where 300,000 people have been affected by flash floods which followed torrential rains in the region.
Read: PM announces Rs500mn aid, ZTBL loan write-offs during Chitral visit
Premier Sharif also directed for opening of more branches of utility stores to ensure continuous supply of food items to people of Chitral.
In the past week, at least six people died in Azad Jammu and Kashmir as flash floods triggered by torrential rain inundated large swathes in the country. At least three were reported dead due to heavy rains in Rawalpindi.
In Punjab, Pakistan Army troops have reached villages near Dera Ghazi Khan and have started rescue and relief efforts.
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