KARACHI - The Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency relief goods including tents, blankets, plastic sheets worth up to 35 million yen (around 437,000 US dollars) to Pakistan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the disastrous floods caused by the heavy rains.

A statement issued here on Tuesday by the Consulate General of Japan said that Pakistan has been hited by heavy rain since mid-August, which caused floods in Southern Punjab, Northern Sindh and North-Eastern Balochistan, forcing many people to evacuate.

It said that Pakistan Government’s statement on November 7, some 474 people were reported dead and approximately 5.4 million (including approximately 160,000 evacuees) were affected so far.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh, Fayyaz  Ahmed Leghari, has called for beefing up security measures in the province.

A police statement here on Tuesday said the IGP directed that extra-ordinary security steps be ensured at the airports, railways stations, consulate offices and residences, important installations, government and semi-government buildings, mosques, Imambargahs and the public places.

Leghari further stressed the officers and jawans deployed in accordance with the Muharram contingency plan 2012 should be briefed about their security duties.

He said that there should be effective contacts at every level as well as with the intelligence agencies and intelligence sharing.

The IGP stressed that effective action be ensured for the arrest of proclaimed offenders and terrorists. He said that the security of political and religious leaders, Khatibs, Ulema, Zakirs be ensured.

Arrangements in this regard should be completed before start of Muharram in consultation with the stake holders.

The IGP directed all the DIGs, SSPs, DSPs to themselves review the security arrangements in their respective jurisdiction.

He also requested the people to keep a watchful eye and in case of any suspected activity or person, packet, parcel or brief case etc should promptly inform the police.