Won’t rest until every flood affected is rehabilitated: COAS

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday vowed not to rest until “each one of flood affected is not only reached but rehabilitated, no matter how much effort is required”, the military said in a statement.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, General Bajwa visited flood-affected areas of Balochistan. He went to flood relief and medical camps established at Goth Sadoori, Lakhra, and Lasbela and inquired about wellbeing of local people affected by the flash floods.

He also met troops busy in relief operations and lauded their efforts in service of men, women and children in distress.

“The safety and well-being of our countrymen come first and we won’t rest until each one of flood affected is not only reached but rehabilitated, no matter how much effort is required,” military’s media, the ISPR, quoted him as saying.

“The people of Pakistan are our priority and we won’t spare any effort to assist them in this difficult time.”

The COAS directed to utilise all available resources to assist the civil administration for the rescue, relief and rehabilitation of people and infrastructure in flood-affected areas.

“We must reach out to our brothers and sisters in need without waiting for orders and help them overcome this natural calamity,” the army chief stressed.

The Pakistan Army has also accelerated its relief efforts for flood victims during the past 24 hours, ISPR reported earlier in the day.

He also visited flood relief and medical camps established at Goth Sadoori, Lakhra, Lasbela and inquired about wellbeing of local people affected due to floods.

The Army Chief also met troops busy in relief operations and lauded their efforts in service of men, women and children in distress.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army accelerated its relief efforts for flood victims during the past 24 hours, the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Saturday.

Commander Peshawar Corps Lt-Gen Hassan Azhar Hayat visited the flood-affected areas in Nowshera and directed to undertake all measures in rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts on an emergency basis in coordination with the civil administration.

He also directed that all resources be utilised to help the affected population and restore critical communication infrastructure.

According to the ISPR, a total of 5,487 ration packs and over 1,200 tents have been distributed among families affected by the flooding. The press release further said that 117 relief camps have been established nationwide.

In order to help the flood victims, 7,522 Pakistan Army troops have been deployed along with 50 boats, whereas 25 field medical camps have also been established. As many as 25,000 patients have been treated so far.

Furthermore, the Army Flood Relief Coordination Centre has been established under the Army Air Defence Command with a mandate to coordinate rescue and relief efforts in synchronisation with stakeholders at the army level.

The press release stated that country-wide collection points were being established to synergise the efforts with respect to the collection and distribution of relief items.

Pakistan Army has also established a flood relief donation account after government authorisation to help assist the flood victims. Title of Account — Army Relief For Flood Affectees (Askari Bank GHQ Branch)

Account No. 00280100620583.

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