ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan said the government would compensate flood effectees as the prime minister had already ordered the relevant authorities to reconstruct the damaged infrastructure of the flood-hit areas.

Talking to The Nation, Mushahidullah who accompanied the PM during his visit and aerial inspection of flood-hit areas of Chitral district on Wednesday, said the government was well aware of the problems of flood effectees and it would compensate the economic losses of the families hit by floods. He said the PM met flood-affected people and he assured them that the government would take every step for rehabilitation of the flood-hit areas. He said the PM expressed his deep grief and sorrow over loss of lives and damages to properties and crops in recent floods in Chitral.

Mushahidullah said the PM is closely monitoring the flood situation and has directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) and concerned federal departments to take all possible measures to rescue the affected families and provide them with every possible aid, particularly clean drinking water, food and health and safe sanitation facilities to avoid deaths from diseases and hunger.

The PM also directed the concerned authorities to reconstruct the damaged roads and bridges within in weeks not in months.

“The personnel of the NDMA and PDMAs have already become active and taking all measures to move families in flood-hit areas in Chitral, Skardu and different districts of Punjab to safer areas and providing them with food, water and medicines,” Mushahidullah added. He said directives had also been issued to the rescue personnel to assign priority to shifting families trapped in flood-hit areas and ensure provision of clean drinking water at all costs.

Relevant authorities and public departments in areas affected by floods have also been directed to compile damage assessment reports so that people will be compensated timely to return to their normal socio-economic lives.