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PM, COAS, Chairman NDMA discuss flood situation

ISLAMABAD: PM Muhammad Shehabaz Sharif on Sunday discussed with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. General Akhtar Nawaz the flood situation, and rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations in the flood affected areas.

During the telephonic conversation, the PM and the chief of army staff discussed the situation of flood affectees and relief and rehabilitation operations in the flood-hit areas, especially in Sindh province.

The PM stressed upon acceleration of the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts. The army chief apprised the prime minister of the army’s full cooperation in the rescue and relief operations in Sindh province.

The PM directed for provision of helicopters in the province as the road and bridges had been damaged in the province. He observed that helicopters would be helpful in the rescue and relief operations since the linking roads between Sindh and Balochistan provinces had been eroded.

PM also appreciated the cooperation and passion of the Pakistan Army in the rescue and relief operations. General Bajwa also informed that he had issued special direction to the Commander Southern Command over the relief activities in Balochistan.

The PM directed the relevant authorities of Benazir Income Support Programme to immediately distribute supporting amount among the flood affectees of Sindh province.

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. General Akhtar Nawaz apprised the PM of the latest situation of rainfall and floods in Sindh and also about the cooperation extended during the ongoing rescue and relief operations in the two provinces and the measures taken so far.

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Anum Mashkoor

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