LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has issued instructions from London to Provincial Cabinet Committee on Flood for starting relief activities in flood affected villages of South Punjab on war footing.

He asked the Committee to set up relief camps and medical camps in affected areas as well as maintaining abundant stocks of necessary medicines. He said that besides food items, mineral water should also be available in relief camps so that the affected persons should not have any problem.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif further instructed the Cabinet Committee for taking immediate steps for the protection of people living in the villages around rivers and ensuring their complete evacuation. He said that additional boats should also be sent to affected villages of South Punjab and the administration and relief institutions should extend all out help to the flood affected people.

The CM who is on a private visit to London said, that he was personally monitoring relief activities and will not tolerate any laxity or negligence in this regard.

Shahbaz Sharif while taking notice of the news regarding flood in the villages of Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur and Layyah has directed Cabinet Committee on Flood and administrative officers of the concerned districts to take all out measures for providing relief to the people of inundated villages.

Shahbaz Sharif said that there should be proper arrangements for the stay of the people in relief camps and that they should be provided all out facilities on priority basis. He further directed that it is not the time to stay at home or in the office but to help the affected brethrens and sister therefore cabinet committee should visit the affected villages to review the situation and monitor relief activities.

He further directed that Cabinet Committee on Flood should hold meetings on daily basis and review the flow of rivers and take immediate protective measures where necessary. He said that information should be exchanged between provincial and federal institutions through effective coordination and lack of contact between the concerned departments will not be tolerated.

The chief minister further directed that concerned departments should remain alert with regard to weather and flow of water in rivers. He said that preparations should be complete to meet any emergency. He said that the emergency plan evolved with regard to monsoon and flood should be fully implemented.

The chief minister said that the flow of water in rivers should be continuously monitored. He said that all out efforts should be made with regard to protective arrangements and relief activities. He said that there should be abundant stocks of eatables, medicines, drinking water, fodder for cattle as well as necessary items.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif has issued orders for immediate drainage of rainwater from some low lying areas of Lahore due to heavy rains and directed administration and concerned institutions to utilise all out resources for the disposal of rainwater from such areas.

He said that senior authorities of administration and concerned institutions should personally monitor disposal work of rainwater and submit a report to the Chief Minister Office on the completion of the work.

Also, Shahbaz Sharif has praised the Cabinet Committee on law and order for making foolproof security arrangements on Eid ul Fitr. He has lauded measures adopted by police and the administration on Eid ul Fitr for maintaining law and order and protecting life and property of citizens.

“Police and law enforcement agencies performed their duties efficiently during Eid ul Fitr holidays and deserve appreciation,” he said while encouraging the police to keep up the same spirit in the time to come.