Says 249 people died and 319 injured due to torrential rains
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Tuesday said that his government will snatch its due share if the province will be ignored. While visiting the flood-stricken districts of Nowshera and Charsadda, KP CM Mahmood Khan visited the flood-stricken districts of Nowshera and Charsadda to meet the victims in the relief camp. Speaking to the media on this occasion, CM Mahmood took a jibe at Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, saying that yesterday he PM Shehbaz announced the funds of Rs10 billion for Baluchistan and Rs15 billion for Sindh, adding KP is also part of Pakistan, which is also affected by flood like other provinces of the country.
Reiterating the devastation caused due to floods in the province, CM Mahmood said that at least 249 people have died and more than 319 have been injured due to torrential rains and flash floods in the province. Assuring that the KP government is standing by flood-stricken people and will extend its support to them in full capacity. Informing that in KP at least 25,000 complete houses have been destroyed completely while 24,000 have been partially damaged, CM Mahmood said the data for Nowshera is yet to come.
Claiming that there was no loss of life in Nowshera due to the calamitous flood, CM Mahmood gave credit to Pervez Khattak, saying that he [Khattak] built a safety wall on the river bank which reduced the damage in the city. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood Khan has acknowledged the work of Rescue 1122, police and district administration in rescue and relief operation in the flood-affected areas of the province. Speaking at international telethon donation campaign for flood victims by Chairman PTI Imran Khan, he said that Rescue 1122 did marvelous work in rescue and relief operation and saved hundreds of precious lives in flooded areas.
He said that this time flood intensity and level was much high as compared to floods in 2010, but the level destruction to property and loss of lives were less as PTI government focused on flood protection work, ensuring good administration and building institutions to mitigate damages from such natural calamities. Khan said that Rescue 1122 was well equipped, trained and extended to every tehsil in the province in last nine years.
He said that due to effective measures taken for safety from floods havoc, this time Charsadda and Nowshera were saved from flooding and damages. He also appreciated police for its exemplary relief and rescue work, adding police personnel provided ration and relief items to flood victims and used their vehicles for transportation.
The chief minister said that district administration timely informed people about floods and evacuated people living near banks of river. He said that KP government would provide all possible help to people in these trying times and urged philanthropists to come forward and join hands with the provincial government in its relief efforts.