KP Govt declares DI Khan, Chitral as calamity-hit districts

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CM directs authorities to restore damaged infrastructure

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Monday declared two districts D. I. Khan and Chitral as calamity-hit areas after flash floods unleashed by heavy rainfall and promised to announce special rehabilitation package for the affected areas soon. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan has directed concerned authorities to expedite relief and rescue operation in the calamity hit areas.

He directed the district administrations to take necessary steps on emergency basis to provide food, drinking water and other essential items to people in the flood affected areas. He also directed district administration and relief organizations to reach out every single person affected by floods.

He said that he would personally visit D.I. Khan and Chitral as soon as the weather improves and would monitor ongoing relief operations in the affected areas, besides assessment of damages. He said that loss of lives and properties would be compensated and sought report of damages from the district administrations. Chief Minister directed to restore the damaged infrastructure in the flood affected areas at the earliest. He said that all available resources will be utilized to help and rehabilitate the victims.

Meanwhile Commissioner Aamir Afaq on Monday directed the departments concerned to ensure mutual cooperation during relief and rescue operations in the wake of torrential rains, besides keeping close eye on the flood situation and remain alert to deal with any untoward situation in a timely manner. He directed the authorities concerned to ensure the redressal of damages caused by the recent rains, floods and provision of relief and other facilities to the affectees.

He gave these instructions while presiding over a high-level meeting held in his office regarding measures being taken to deal with heavy rains and flood situation, relief and rehabilitation operations which was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Dera Ismail Khan Nasrullah Khan, Pakistan Army officers, XEN Highway, representatives of NHA, PKHA, TMOs, PESCO, C&W, PDMA, Local Government, Public Health Engineering, Officers of Irrigation, Gomalzam and other departments.

The XEN Highways, NHA and PKHA briefed the participants about the condition and damage of various highways, including inter-provincial highways. On which, the commissioner directed to expedite the repair work and the contractors concerned should be cautioned that no compromise would be made on quality and timely completion of work. He asked that an alternate route should be provided immediately wherever possible so that the difficulties of people could be avoided.

The commissioner assured the representatives of all departments about the funds for repair work, saying, it has been discussed with the higher authorities. He directed the Public Health and Health Departments to take timely measures as there was a fear of epidemics spreading in the flood-affected areas.

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