ISLAMABAD Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has expressed deep sorrow and regret over the colossal loss of life and property during the ongoing floods. The COAS stated that the army was making all out efforts for rescue and relief of the affected people. Army is working at full pace and capacity to extend maximum help to the people, he stated. The COAS also announced donation of one-day salary of all ranks of Pakistan Army in Prime Ministers Relief Fund, established for the flood affectees. Furthermore, in line with their tradition, soldiers of Pakistan Army feel proud in sharing their bread with the affected countrymen and have distributed over 520 tons of rations thus far, COAS added. COAS reiterated that the army would also contribute meaningfully towards rehabilitation and reconstruction activities. Meanwhile, the relief and rescue operations by Pakistan Army continues in the flood affected areas of Multan, Muzaffargarh, Kot Addhu, Mithankot , Layyah, Rahimyar Khan, D I Khan, Swat, Dir, Kalam, Neelam Valley in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Kohistan. So far, more than 60,000 stranded people have been rescued from flood-hit areas and moved to the safer places. As many as 40 Helicopters and 450 Army Boats are taking part in rescue activities. Online adds: The operation to rescue communities cut off by devastating floods in Pakistan is almost complete, the army says. Pak Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told the BBC that the mission had been hampered by the weather, rejecting criticism that the authorities had been slow to respond. Forecasters say more rain and flooding is likely over the next few days. Some 1,400 people have died and aid agencies say three million people have been affected by Pakistans worst floods in 80 years. Rain on Tuesday slowed the relief effort, and the governments perceived inaction has led to protests in some areas over the past few days. But Maj Gen Abbas said 50,000 troops had been drafted in to help in the rescue operation and had even given out their own rations to villagers. In Malakand (one of the worst-affected areas) not a single bridge is intact, the complete communication infrastructure has been destroyed, and therefore there have been areas which have got isolated and aid reached quite late, he said. But the rescue operation has almost been completed... now it is basically relief - a lot of relief camps have come up, the medical aid is there and the soldiers have given their own rations, he added. The United Nations said around 980,000 people had lost their homes or had been forced to flee, and the UN World Food Programme said some 1.8 million needed food aid.