LAHORE - US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson met with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at CM Secretariat here Friday and discussed with him relief and rehabilitation activities for the flood affectees. Provincial Minister for Education Mujtaba Shujaur Reh-man, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Senior Member Board of Revenue and American Consul General Carmella Conroy were also present on the occasion. Talking to the ambassador, the CM said that the worst-ever flood in the history of Pakistan has played havoc in the affected areas, causing loss of billions of rupees worth properties while a number of towns and villages have been completely wiped out. He said the scenes of devastation caused by the floods are unprecedented, asserting that hundreds of thousands of houses have been damaged while millions of people lost their lifelong earnings. He said the government cannot cope with this disastrous situation alone and needs support and assistance from the world community at this difficult time. He expressed his gratitude to the friendly countries for helping Pakistan in the hour of need. According to him, Punjab population-wise is the biggest province of the country and it has faced the brunt of the devastation. He said Punjab government is utilising all available resources to provide relief and assistance to flood-affected populace and has set up relief camps in the affected areas where food as well as medical facilities are being extended to the affectees. He said floods have also damaged a number of schools, and funds are required for their rehabilitation. He said in addition to foreign assistance, philanthropists and well-to-do persons of the country are also donating generously for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood-hit populace. According to him, he has already set up a special fund for this purpose and millions of rupees have been deposited in the fund. He said every penny of the relief assistance would be utilised in a highly transparent manner, and the Punjab government has also launched a website for this purpose spotlighting details of donations, assistance and relief activities. He said that measures are also being taken for the early rehabilitation of the infrastructure. He said special reception centres have been set up in the flood-hit areas for the guidance of donors. He said Punjab government has allocated a sum of Rs10 billion from its own resources for the rehabilitation of the affectees. Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Chairman Planning & Development and Director General Relief informed the US Ambassador about relief activities, initial estimates of devastation as well as rehabilitation process for the calamity-hit people. Patterson said that flood has caused much damage in Pakistan, and that America is supporting relief and rehabilitation efforts while relief assistance has further been increased. She said the US would continue to assist in the relief and rehabilitation of the flood-hit people.