LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday visited different flood-affected areas of Multan and Muzaffargarh and inspected relief activities being conducted for the calamity-stricken people. Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal accompanied him. The CM also presided over a high-level meeting in Multan regarding provision of better health facilities to the flood affectees besides visiting the tent village and medical camp set up at Rohilanwali. He also went to Kot Addu to review relief operation. Addressing the flood affectees in Rohilanwali, the chief minister said he would live and die with the poor and distressed people and no power could separate him from the masses. He said the flood affectees would always find him amidst them in the hour of need. He said he was not getting information about the calamity-hit people from Lahore or Islamabad but visiting the disaster-stricken areas personally and would stay with the affectees as long as required. He said the nation is passing through a critical phase and there is a need for seeking the forgiveness of Allah Almighty by the rulers as well as the masses. He said Punjab government had started survey in the areas where floodwater had receded and after the completion of the process, 20,000 rupees will be paid to each calamity-stricken family. He said seed and fertilizers would be provided by the government free of cost to the cultivators having up to 25 acres of land whose crops had been destroyed in the flood so that they could stand on their own feet. He said Punjab government was in contact with the federal government for the provision of funds for extending much-needed relief assistance to the calamity-hit people. He said measures were being taken on priority basis to save the people of flood-hit areas from viral diseases and it had been decided to install one water filtration plant each at union council level for the provision of clean water to the affectees. Similarly, he said, one lakh mosquito nets would also be distributed for the prevention of malaria in these areas. Earlier, presiding over meeting regarding rehabilitation of the affectees, the CM said responsibilities of the administration had increased in the wake of flood and the concerned secretaries and officers should stay in the calamity-hit areas for the rehabilitation and provision of potable water to the affectees. Speaker Assembly Rana Iqbal, representatives of World Health Organisation and UNICEF as well as senior officers concerned were present in the meeting. The chief minister directed that arrangements for the spray of germicides should be completed in the affected areas within 48 hours.