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PM announces Rs10 billion grant for Balochistan flood victims

PM announces Rs10 billion grant for Balochistan flood victims

  • PM announced a grant of Rs10 billion for Balochistan province to manage the situation and assist the flood victims
  • The prime minister said that he had never witnessed in his lifetime such massive destruction wrecked by unprecedented floods and rainfalls across the country
  • The prime minister also expressed gratitude to the Presidents of the United Arab Emirates and Turkey for expressing their grief over the loss of lives in Pakistan

JAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday announced a grant of Rs10 billion for Balochistan province to manage the situation and assist the flood victims in the aftermath of recent heavy rainfall and floods.

Speaking to the media after visiting the flood-affected areas including Haji Allah Dino village, the prime minister said that he had never witnessed in his lifetime such massive destruction wrecked by unprecedented floods and rainfalls across the country.

He said, “the impacts of natural calamities could not be overcome with the mere raising of slogans, making of statements, and hurling of allegations.”

He stressed that they would have to work hard, and shed sweat and blood to overcome the flood situation in the country, adding that different countries had devised technical mechanisms by making investments to overcome the natural catastrophes.

The prime minister regretted that erroneous statements by certain political figures could not mislead the nation. “I will speak the truth. For the last 73 years, Pakistan could not stand on its feet,” he regretted.

The prime minister also expressed gratitude to the Presidents of the United Arab Emirates and Turkey for expressing their grief over the loss of lives in Pakistan and their concerns over the distressed Pakistanis who were facing ordeals due to floods.

He said that they were thankful to the friendly countries who were extending flood relief and assistance to the flood victims, adding two planeloads of relief assistance from Turkey would land in Karachi while another from the UAE would arrive in Islamabad.

“We are grateful to the friendly countries for their support and solidarity. The UK government and other countries have announced their support in this hour of distress for which we express our thankfulness,” he added.

The prime minister also appealed to the wealthy people of the country to support the millions of affected people with their generous donations who had been in dire need of immediate relief and assistance.
He said in the past, the people had supported the calamity-hit populace, adding that they were receiving donations in the PM Relief Fund, and cited a donation worth Rs45 million by a group while another significant contribution by an individual.

Acting Governor Balochistan Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali, Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, and Chief Secretary Abdul Aziz Aqeeli, NDMA and PDMA authorities were also accompanied by the prime minister.

The prime minister said during his aerial view, he had witnessed huge chunks of land inundated by the flood water including Kachi, and Sobatpur, and likened the situation to an overflowing ocean. Flood water had submerged Rajanpur, Rahimyar Khan, and Ghotki areas.

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