LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday visited four flood-affected districts including Jhang, Chiniot, Muzaffargarh and Dera Ghazi Khan. He went to the tent villages and met calamity-hit people individually. He personally took part in the relief activities for provision of dry ration to the marooned people of Khangarh and adjacent areas and delivered 2,000kg relief items by his helicopter. Addressing the flood-hit people, he said that the worst-ever flood in the history of Pakistan had devastated crops worth Rs82 billion in Punjab while a number of towns and villages had also been wiped out. About 15 million people have become homeless while the economy has also suffered a serious setback due to which the problems of the country have aggravated. The CM announced provision of seed and fertilizers to the farmers of the flood-hit areas before cultivation of Rabi crop and said that every effort will be made for enabling the cultivators to stand on their own feet. Shahbaz said that the flood had played havoc in the province however all out resources were being utilised for the relief and assistance of the calamity-stricken people. He said that there was a need for collectively seeking the forgiveness of Allah Almighty for the sins. He said that the flood had posed a number of challenges and all segments of society should make concerted efforts to cope with the crisis. He said that all available resources were at the disposal of the calamity-hit people and no effort will be spared for mitigating their sufferings. He said that the government was alive to the problems of every single flood victim and a survey had been started for the payment of compensation. I will personally deliver the cheques of relief assistance to the flood-hit people. Controlling of viral diseases will be a big challenge after the receding of the floodwater and solid measures are being taken to deal with this problem. The CM said that health facilities would be extended through mobile dispensaries and hospitals to the people of the areas where basic health centres and rural health centres had been destroyed. Addressing the government officers, he urged them to serve the humanity in distress with a religious spirit as it is a mean of earning the blessings of Allah Almighty. He said that he is personally supervising the relief and rehabilitation activities in the areas which have been severely affected by the flood. In response to the demand of flood affectees, he issued orders for provision of 150 packets of edibles immediately in Bela Jodhianwala. He directed DCO and district administration to make every effort to ensure supply of edible items and treatment facilities through boats to the people of the villages situated on the banks of the river till complete receding of water. Addressing the flood-hit people of Mauza Chatha the nearby area of Mandi Shah Jewna, Shahbaz said that all losses would be compensated before the sowing of the new wheat crop. He appreciated the relief and protective arrangements made by district administration and Rescue-1122 with the cooperation of elected representatives and other organisations in Jhang and Chiniot and said that philanthropists and welfare organisations are also playing an important role in this regard.