SUKKUR - Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Sunday visited flood-hit areas of Jacobabad, Shikarpur and Kashmore-Kandhkot districts and announced a Rs 2 billion relief package for the affected people.The Prime Minister, who was here on a day’s visit to witness the damages caused by heavy rains and flooding, directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to provide at least 25,000 tents, food, medicines and all other facilities to the flood-affected people of Kashmore and Jacobabad districts.He also directed for the immediate release of Rs 710 million for these areas. The amount included Rs 200 million for Kashmore, Rs 200 million for Jacobabad, Rs 70 million for Ghotki, Rs 100 million for Sukkur and Rs 100 million for Mirpurkhas. He said that the federal and Sindh governments would offer all kinds of support to the flood-affected people to help them recover from the disaster.He said he had seen the damages caused by the heavy rains and assured that the Federal Government was taking necessary measures to ensure that basic facilities were provided to the people and that their sufferings were mitigated. “I have asked the NDMA and other departments concerned to assist in the rescue and relief efforts” he added.The Prime Minister took an aerial view of Shikarpur, Garhi Yaseen, Tangwani, Ghouspur, Thull, Garhi Khero and other affected areas of the province. He assured all possible support to the farmers of the districts, whose crops were destroyed by the rains.“I feel very sad that the people of Sindh have once again become victim of a natural disaster,” he said and added that the people of the area were brave and resilient and faced the difficult situation with courage and determination.The Prime Minister also directed that the same relief package also be finalised for the flood-hit areas of South Punjab and Balochistan. He said that all children, old people and women should get relief.The Prime Minister appreciated the role of Armed Forces and provincial governments in the relief and rescue operation.The district coordination officers of Jacobabad and Kashmore briefed the Prime Minister about the rescue and relief efforts and needs for financial assistance for the rehabilitation of the rain-hit people.Earlier, the Prime Minister arrived at Sukkur Airport along with Interior Minister Rehman Malik and other officials in the morning and was received by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. MNAs and MPAs were also present on the occasion.Meanwhile, during its relief and rescue operations in flood-affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan, Pakistan Army troops have distributed 22 tons ration and 500 packs of dry ration at Dera Murad Jamali and Loralai. According to an ISPR statement issued in Rawalpindi on Sunday, the Army has established a mobile field hospital at Dera Murad Jamali and treated 1,200 patients.Pakistan Army has employed 1,200 troops to rescue the flood affectees in Kandhkot, Naseerabad, Jacobabad and Dera Murad Jamali. Army troops have rescued over 4,305 flood affectees to safer places in flood-affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Army Aviation has employed six helicopters in rescue and relief activities. Army troops rescued 2,500 people from the flood-affected areas of district Jacobabad, Tehsil Thul and surrounding areas of Baho Khoso. With the help of civil administration of District Jacobabad, the Army has established a tent village, in which cooked food, mineral water and medicines have been provided to the flood-affected people.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 17-Sep-2012 here.