LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that despite delay in the provision of funds by the Federal government, all-out help and assistance will be provided to the flood affectees and they will not be left at the mercy of circumstances. Addressing the flood-hit people at different places in Jhang, Layyah, Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur districts as well as talking to mediamen on Tuesday, the CM stressed upon the calamity-hit people to keep their morale high as this testing time would soon be over and they would be able to return to their hearths and homes. He said that adequate compensation would be paid to the flood victims and the roads, schools, dispensaries and hospitals destroyed by the flood would be reconstructed. Shahbaz said that as billion of rupees were required for this purpose, therefore, the government had decided to get these resources from the Annual Development Programme for the time being and this money would be returned upon the receipt of financial assistance from the Centre. He said that the ADP of the province was important but the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims was the top priority. Earlier, addressing a meeting of district and local administration in Shorkot, the CM directed that rehabilitation and construction work of dispensaries, schools, veterinary centres and roads which were damaged due to inundation of the area along River Chenab should be completed without any delay. He said that it was a matter of satisfaction that various non-governmental organisations were playing an active role in the rehabilitation of the flood victims. He said that administration should extend maximum cooperation to these organisations. He appreciated the performance of administration regarding provision of dry ration to the affectees in Chattah, Missin, Athara Hazari and Kot Shakir in the days of high flood. Shahbaz Sharif was informed in a briefing that the local administration shifted more than 10 thousand marooned people to safe places through 40 boats after the flood. The CM was further informed that survey of 393 affected villages adjacent to Shorkot was in progress and the survey teams also included Revenue and Irrigation department officials as well as members of Punjab Youth Council. The CM during his visit to Layyah directed the District Coordination Officer to immediately set up a network of mechanical tandoors operated by gas for the provision of roti to the affectees returning to their homes and personally supervise the performance of these tandoors. He was informed in a briefing that 136 malaria patients had been treated in Layyah district. The Chief Minister directed the Secretary Health to accelerate the spray against mosquitoes in the affected area in all available resources should be utilised for this purpose.