LAHORE - A survey has been started for assessment of flood losses which will be carried out in a transparent manner, said Cabinet Committee on Flood Chairman Shuja Khanzada.

Presiding over a meeting to review relief activities in flood-hit areas here on Saturday, Khanzada said the scrutiny of flood losses will be conducted by third-party to ensure transparency. He added the relief camps would be decorated with colourful buntings and Pakistani flags on the Independence Day - August 14.

Chief Relief Commissioner Nadeem Ashraf, PDMA DG Jawad Akram, Rescue-1122 DG and officers of Met, Irrigation, C&W, Education and Livestock Departments attended the meeting.

Khanzada, who is also the Punjab Home minister, said different functions would be organised in all the relief camps in connection with the Independence Day.

Flag hoisting ceremonies will be held at relief camps, while members of Cabinet Committee, MNAs and MPAs, secretaries of various departments, DCOs and commissioners will participate in these functions. Pakistani flags will also be hoisted on the boats taking part in rescue operation.

As the weather is expected to be in favourable conditions during next 48 hours, Khanzada told the media after the meeting, the relief efforts have been stepped up in flood-hit areas. “A total of 530 million rupees have been released to DCOs of affected districts for carrying relief activities,” he informed.

The provincial minister said there was high flood at Chashma and medium flood at Kalabagh and Taunsa in River Sindh whereas all other rivers were flowing normal.

PDMA DG Jawad Akram told the media that 28,200 tents, 147,750 food hampers, 82000 mineral water bottles and 25,050 mosquito nets have been provided to the people in affected districts.

“Around 175,000 people are staying at 249 relief camps where meals are being provided to them three times a day,” he added.

Provincial Disaster Management Authority Director General Jawad Akram said on Friday that breakfast and meal were provided to 18,053 flood affectees staying in relief camps in six flood affected districts of the province.

In a press statement he said that breakfast and meal included chicken korma, chicken rice, chicken biryani, beef, chana rice, chicken, halva, roti and other items. He said that the quality of food is regularly checked by a committee.

He said that 37,600 tents, 147750 food hampers, 82000 mineral water bottles, 25050 mosquito nets, 17550 plastic mats have been distributed so far among the flood affectees whereas 175780 affectees have been evacuated through 279 boats. He said that the water level in rivers is receding. He said that there is high level flood in River Sindh at Taunsa and Chashma and medium level of flood at Tarbela and Kalabagh. Other rivers and nullahs are flowing normal.

The PDMA issued a report regarding flow of water in all rivers and nullahs of the province.

Flow of water was 81800 cusecs at Noshera in River Kabal and there is medium flood. Flow of water was 369500 cusecs at Tarbela, 484275 cusecs at Kalabagh, 482477 cusecs at Chashma and 495361 cusecs at Taunsa in River Sindh.

Flow of water was normal in River Jhelum. Flow of water was 45900 cusecs at Mangla and 34098 cusecs at Rasool in River Jhelum. Flow of water was 67824 cusecs at Marala, 68923 cusecs at Khanki, 67476 cusecs at Qadirabad, 71660 cusecs at Chiniot, 121855 cusecs at Trimu and 124830 cusecs at Panjnand and flow of water was normal at all places in River Chenab.

Flow of water was 25150 cusecs at Jassar, 22800 cusecs at Ravi Siphon, 22500 cusecs at Shahdara, 15490 cusecs at Balloki and 16865 at Sidhnai in River Ravi. Flow of water was 23278 at Sulemanki, 31862 cusecs at Head Islam and 28800 cusecs at Mailsi Siphon in River Satluj.