“The government has focused on relocating flood victims”

LAHORE:

Punjab’s Local Government and Community Development (LGCD) Minister, Mian Mahmoodur Rashid, said the relief operation was over and the government would now focus on relocating flood-affected citizens.

Chairing a meeting on relief activities in flood-affected areas at the Dera Ghazi Khan commissioner’s office on Saturday, the minister stressed that the government would try to repair the damage in flood-affected areas as soon as possible. It evaluates proposals to compensate or rebuild the houses affected by the floods.

He said the survey to assess the damage in the flood-affected areas would soon be completed. The government would try to compensate for the damage. “Besides cash compensation, proposals are being considered to rebuild the damaged houses with the help of domestic and foreign donors,” he added.

He pointed out that philanthropists are approaching in large numbers.

“We are focusing on resettlement because the relief operation is over,” he said.

The meeting was attended by AMPs Muhammad Hanif Patafi, Sardar Ahmed Ali Darishak, Dr. Shaheen Najeeb Khosa, Deputy Commissioner of Dera Ghazi Khan Mohammad Anwar Briar and other senior officials.

Speaking on the occasion, MPA Sardar Ahmad Ali Dareshk announced the reconstruction of 1,000 houses in his constituency at a cost of 100 million rupees.

Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Anwar Briar informed the meeting participants that 17 tent villages and more than 25 relief camps have been established in the flood affected areas. Investigation teams had been formed for district, tehsil and 189 patwar circles.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4e2022.

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