SIALKOT

PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz stressed a need for early evolving of a strategy to prevent flood disasters in the future, saying that the formation of a national committee to fight natural disasters has become inevitable.

He said digital technology would be used for correct assessment of loss. At Daska, he assured the flood-affectees that the government would help them rebuild their houses and restore their normal life.

He said that the repair of damaged roads was the top priority of the government. He highly praised the role of Pakistan Army in helping the people affected by the floods. “I want to appreciate our armed forces for their valuable and timely help,” he said.  He appealed to the rich to come forward to help the poor as it was their moral and religious duty. He said floods had affected 600,000 families and damaged crops over two million acres of land across the Punjab. He said that the government would not take rest till the complete rehabilitation of the affectees.  Criticizing the opponents, he said that the government was striving to end the miseries of the flood affectees. He was talking to newsmen at Daska after distributing financial compensation cheques to the local flood affectees. Local elected representatives were also present.

Later, talking to the affectees in Sialkot, he said that the government was ensuring transparent distribution of the financial compensation and would take stern action against the negligent officials.

He said that the government had jazzed up the pace of the rehabilitation activities after the relief operation. He added that the government was fully aware of the problems and miseries of the flood affectees.