LAHORE - People from different walks of life met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at the Lahore airport before his visit to the flood-affected areas and presented him cheques amounting to Rs 28 million for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims. The chief minister thanked them for the donations and said the flood-hit people were waiting for their much-needed help. He said that those helping the people in distress deserve much praise and it was the need of the hour that the whole nation should stand up and donate generously for the relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees. He said that the devastation wrought by floods was unprecedented and he himself had observed the damage during his visits to the affected areas. He said that the Punjab government stands by flood victims and all resources were being utilised for their relief and rehabilitation. He said that Provincial Disaster Management Authority had been fully mobilised and concerted efforts were being made in collaboration with other departments and people from different walks of life for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. He said the rich should come forward and actively take part in the rehabilitation process of the affectees. He said that relief camps had been set up in flood affected areas where they were being provided food and medical facilities. He said that the rich could also own relief camps and provide food to the affectees under their supervision. He said that in this testing time the nation has to confront the challenge collectively and display the same spirit of sacrifice and selflessness which was displayed at the time of creation of Pakistan. The donors praised the Chief Minister for his efforts for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-hit people, saying Allah will reward him for his efforts to mitigate the sufferings of the affected people. Chairman Olympia Group Mian Munir Manoo presented a cheque for Rs. 10 million to the Chief Minister, Asif Kamal of Builders Association Rs 7.9 million, Shahid Hussain of Services Industries 2.5 million, Tariq Sufi of Sufi group Rs 2 million, Jinnah welfare Committee Chairman Mian Mehboob Iqbal Rs 1.5 million, Saif Group 2.5 million, Joy Enan Company Faisalabad Rs 1 million and Mehwish Azmat presented a cheque of Rs 0.5 million.