LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the worst-ever floods in the history of Pakistan have played a havoc in the country and the scenes of devastation are unprecedented. Talking to Ambassador of Ukraine in Pakistan Ihor Pasko who called on him here on Tuesday, he said that crops over millions of acres had been destroyed and a number of villages had been washed away. However, he said, the government was determined to rehabilitate as well as compensate the losses of the flood affectees. People are with their calamity-stricken brethren in the hour of distress. In the meeting, matters regarding floods devastation, relief and rehabilitation of the affectees as well as bilateral trade and economic relations were discussed. Shahbaz said that around 20 million people had been affected by the floods whereas crops worth million of rupees and a large number of houses have been destroyed besides causing a serious damage to infrastructure. He said that Punjab government was implementing a comprehensive programme for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims and special attention was being paid to check the outbreak of viral diseases including malaria, cholera, skin diseases and epidemics in the flood-hit areas. Spray is being conducted in the flood-hit areas while malaria control kits have also been provided in the affected areas with the cooperation of World Health Organisation. Punjab government is distributing 40,000 mineral water bottles among the flood affectees on daily basis while in addition to supply of potable water through water tanks, water filtration plants were also being set up, he added. The CM said that Canada and Turkey had set up field hospitals for the provision of medical facilities to the affected people; however, there was a need for more such hospitals in these areas. He thanked the friendly countries for their assistance in the hour of need. He said that Pakistan and Ukraine had strong friendly relations but there was need for cementing economic and trade ties between the two countries. He said that exchange of delegations could play an important role in this regard. The CM thanked the Ukrainian Ambassador for expressing sympathies with the Pakistani people in the hour of distress and expressed hope that the flood affectees will soon be rehabilitated. Ukrainian Ambassador Ihor Pasko said that Pakistanis were a strong and determined nation and facing the challenge posed by the flood with courage and equanimity. He said Pakistan and Ukraine could cooperate in technology sector and launch joint ventures for strengthening bilateral relations.