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CM declares emergency in Swat

PESHAWAR: CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Mahmood Khan on Friday (26th of August, 2022) declared an emergency in Swat district, directing the Relief, Rehabilitation and Settlement Department to carry out war-footing relief activities in the calamity-hit areas of the district.

According to a notification, the emergency would remain enforced till 30th of August to keep vigorous relief activities continue in calamity-hit areas of Swat district.

The Chief Minister directed the district administration of Swat to accelerate the relief efforts in affected areas of Swat and all-out measures be taken to provide required items including edibles to the affected population.

The CM further directed that every affected person in Swat must be reached out for assistance and added that the provincial government would try its best to compensate every affected family.

PM also issued necessary instructions to the district administration for rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure in Swat on urgent basis.

Mahmood Khan said the provincial government was standing by the affected people of Swat and would never leave them alone in this time of need.

He said that the KP government would utilize all available resources for the assistance and rehabilitation of the affectees of Swat.

Meanwhile, President Dr Arif Alvi on Friday (26th of August, 2022) appealed to the entire nation, overseas Pakistanis and international community to support the flood victims who were in dire need of rescue, relief and rehabilitation as unprecedented rains and floods had destroyed the lives and livelihood of people across Pakistan.

The president expressed the hope that Pakistanis, who had already displayed remarkable philanthropic spirit in the past, would come forward once again and contribute generously in cash and kind to help flood victims supporting the rescue and relief efforts of the government and other relevant organizations.

He called upon all governments and institutions, NGOs and volunteers to offer their expertise and leadership to rescue, evacuate, and rehabilitate the flood victims by providing them shelter, food and medical facilities.

President Alvi also called upon the media to motivate the nation to donate the essential items for the flood victims identified by the government through formal channels set up or endorsed by the government in an organized and disciplined manner, to the affected people to help them rebuild their lives.

The essential items to support flood victims may include ready-made food packets, nutritious and warm food, rice, lentils, salt and oil and items of daily use, including matchboxes, candle packets, kerosene oil, solar lamps, polythene sheets, groundsheets, floor mats, tarpaulin, mosquito nets and blankets.

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Anum Mashkoor

Anum Mashkoor is writing for Newspakistan.tv since Sept 2018, particularly on Environment-related matters.