LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Irrigation Mian Yawar Zaman has said that water situation in all rivers of Punjab has started becoming normal. However, extraordinary rains are expected in upper areas during next few days but there is no forecast of flood.

He said this while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Flood at Committee Room of Punjab Disaster Management Authority, on Wednesday. Senior Member Board of Revenue Nadeem Ashraf, Secretary Irrigation Department Capt (r) Saif Najam, DG PDMA Jawad Akram, Chief Meteorologist Muhammad Riaz and officials of other government departments attended the meeting.

A briefing was also given to the minister about the steps taken by the government for the rehabilitation of flood affectees. The minister was told that Punjab government has provided 55600 tents, 174750 food hampers, 82000 mineral water bottles, 35150 mosquito nets and 29800 plastic mats to the flood affectees. He said that 309 relief camps were set up during flood whereas 824 flood affectees are staying in 89 operational relief camps. The Minister was told that 474 boats were sent to flood affected areas and 305 boats are still operating there.

Mian Yawar Zaman said that Punjab government would continue relief and rehabilitation activities till the return of last affected person to his home. He said that survey has been started and compensation will be paid to the affectees in the light of survey.

He further told that transparency will be observed during this process. He said that field engineers of Irrigation Department are continuously monitoring water flow in canals and water channels.

He said that Irrigation officers are also continuing patrolling of protective bunds and spurs.