LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered immediate drainage of rainwater from low-lying areas of Rawalpindi.

According to a handout issued here Saturday, the CM directed the officials to personally monitor drainage of rainwater. He said all precautionary measures should be adopted to cope with post-rain situation.

The CM also expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives due to flood in nullahs and heavy rains in some cities of Punjab and other parts of the country. He expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to heirs of the deceased to bear irreparable loss with fortitude.