ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem has said that rescue and relief efforts are underway in flood-hit areas of Punjab.
“A sufficient number of boats and helicopters are carrying out smooth rescue and relief activities in flood-affected areas,” he said while describing the relief operation being carried out in the flood-hit areas.
He said all major protective embankments were intact along the River Chenab and the situation would improve after a high flood tide of over 9,00,000 cusec water would go to the Indus River on September 12.
He said the Indus River, Sukkur and Guddu barrages had the capacity to sustain around one million cusec water. However, the NDMA has asked the Sindh government to evacuate people from slums constructed along River Indus, especially ‘Kacha’ area as a precautionary measure.
In the previous flood, the wave was of 3,00,000 cusec water in the river Chenab but this time it is over 9,00,000 cusec.
Thus the situation is extraordinary, he added.
Aleem hailed Punjab government for providing sufficient relief goods at the camps set up to shelter the flood-affected people in different parts of the province.
The NDMA has already dispatched 10,000 tents, 31 boats, and 100 life jackets to the government of Punjab and 200 tents, 1,000 blankets and three rubber boats to Islamabad Capital Territory.
In addition, 3,000 tents, 3,000 blankets and 1,500 plastic mats have been dispatched to State Disaster Management Authority and 275 tents have been provided to Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority.
As many as 2,300 Army troops, 12 helicopters and 574 boats are taking part in the rescue operations.