MANDI BAHAUDDIN/ SARGODHA/CHINIOT/HAFIZABAD - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday undertook an eight-hour long tour of the flood-hit areas of Chiniot, Sargodha, Qadirabad, Basti Makhdoom in Tehsil Phalia (Mandi Bahauddin) and reviewed rescue and relief activities.

While addressing flood affectees, public meetings and various meetings, the chief minister said that he would reach every affected area and spare no effort to provide relief to the affectees. Shahbaz Sharif said that he would not rest till the rehabilitation of last affectee. He said whether there were conspiracies or flood, he would always stand with people. He said that he would live and die with the people. The chief minister said that “Imran Khan tells a new lie on daily basis.” “People ask what revolution Imran Khan wants to bring with the help of tax evaders and those who have committed dacoity of billions of rupees in banks,” he questioned. Shahbaz Sharif said that he would encourage those officers taking active part in relief activities and serving people in this hour of trial but would not tolerate that officer even a single day showing negligence in this regard.

While addressing a meeting in Basti Makhdoom, Tehsil Phalia, CM Shahbaz Sharif directed the administration to provide dry ration, food and drinking water to the marooned people on priority basis. While announcing to send three thousand more tents in affected areas, he said that the affectees should not consider themselves alone as he was with them at every moment and efforts would continue for their complete rehabilitation.

On the occasion, a briefing was given to the chief minister in the meeting. He was informed that more than 5,000 people had been shifted to safer places and more than 9,000 cattle had been vaccinated. There is proper arrangement of fodder for livestock while food and other arrangements have been made for affectees in affected areas.

Shahbaz Sharif during meeting with flood affectees in Basti Makhdoom, inquired about their problems and issued on the spot orders for their resolution. Talking to the affectees, Shahbaz Sharif said that he was not such a Chief Minister who was busy in music programmes in Islamabad while the people were in distress.

The chopper with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif aboard landed on flood-hit area of Qadirabad without any programme. Upon seeing the CM, people gathered in large numbers and raised slogans of Shahbaz Sharif Zindabad. He reviewed relief activities in Qadirabad and inquired from affectees about their problems. He reviewed the facilities being provided at relief centre in Midh Ranjha of Sargodha and issued necessary instructions on the spot. He met the flood affectees and while addressing them said that their losses would be compensated much before their expectations and financial assistance would be distributed among affected people. He said that he was visiting every village, town and city for rehabilitation work. He said that no negligence will be tolerated in rescue and relief activities.

The chief minister addressing the administrative officers in Sargodha said that those officers of the administration who would work would be encouraged but the officer showing negligence will not be spared even for a single day.

Meanwhile, in a visit to flood-hit areas of Chiniot, the Punjab CM reviewed relief activities in relief camps. Chiniot DCO gave a briefing about relief activities.

Talking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that protection of human lives was priority of the government but there should be no shortage of fodder and medicines for livestock as well. He said that federal and provincial governments were standing with flood affectees in this hour of distress.

The CM ordered to provide 14 more fibre boats to district administration Chiniot. He directed the district administration to set up a tent village at protective dyke for flood affectees and make arrangements for setting up medical camp, veterinary dispensary, fodder for animals, eatable items for affected people and other facilities. He directed that relief camps should be set up near affected villages and all necessary steps should be taken for protection of life and property of people.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif again visited Jalalpur Bhattian (Hafizabad) to review arrangements made for the affectees. The CM had spent six hours with the marooned people at Jalalpur Bhattian the other day and returned late at night after making arrangements for the evacuation of affectees. He suddenly arrived at Jalalpur Bhattian in the evening where he met people.