Secretary Emergency Services Department (ESD), Dr. Rizwan Naseer, said that Rescue 1122 conducted historic Flood Rescue operation and rescued 310383 flood affectees during recent flood in Sutlej river. As many as 1632 Rescuers and 414 Rescue Boats along with boat operators participated.
Likewise, 17,874 animals were shifted from inundated catchment areas of Sutlej River to safe areas from 6th July to 3rd September, 2023. In the second onset of high flood in the River Sutlej on August 16, 2023, no significant deaths were reported due to timely evacuation in coordination with the District Government and restricting unnecessary movement in inundated areas. Only six people died due to their own negligence and careless attitude. Secretary ESD appreciated Rescuers who worked day & night risking their lives to rescue flood affectees from inundated areas. He expressed these views while presiding over a review meeting on flood and rescue operations in flood-prone districts held at Emergency Services Headquarters on Monday. District Emergency Officers of Flood prone districts like Kasur, Okara, PakPattan, Bahawalnagar, Vehari, Lodhran, Bahawalpur and Multan participated through video link and Provincial Monitoring Officer, Deputy Director Operations along with all Head of Wings of the Rescue Headquarters and Academy participated. District Emergency Officers of Flood prone districts like Kasur, Okara, PakPattan, Bahawalnagar, Vehari, Lodhran, Bahawalpur and Multan participated through video link.