LAHORE: Provincial Minister and Chairman Cabinet Committee on Flood Col. (R) Shuja Khanzada has said that emergency has been declared in 21 districts of the province and the whole government machinery is engaged round the clock in providing relief to the flood-hit people.
He said that relief operation was being carried out in 1420 affected villages through 12 helicopters and 250 boats.
He said that most of the machinery present in Lahore had been shifted to calamity hit areas. He said that a sum of 1800 million rupees has been provided to the DCOs of the affected districts for relief activities.
This was stated by him in a briefing to media-men at Civil Secretariat, on Tuesday. Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin, Spokesman Punjab government Zaeem Qadri, Advisor Chief Minister Punjab on Livestock Muhammad Arshad Jatt, Senior Member Board of Revenue Nadeem Ashraf and other senior officers were also present.
The Minister said that 156 persons had died so far due to rains and floods while 256 had got injured. He said that government had abundant resources and more funds will be released in case of need.
Col. Retd. Shuja Khanzada said that 466 mobile teams of Health Department were present in the field and treatment facilities had been provided to 13,000 patients so far.
Moreover, arrangements had been completed for the provision of medical assistance at the relief camps. He said that vaccine against snake and dog bite had also been made available at the relief camps.