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PM Gilani vows aid for flood victims in Sindh

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HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday directed all the federal and provincial authorities to immediately respond to the flood-affected areas of Sindh and assured the payment of compensation after the damage had been assessed.

Prime Minister Gilani who was on a daylong visit to witness the damages caused by heavy rains and flooding, directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to provide tents, food, medicines and all other facilities to the displaced at the relief camps set up at different locations.

He said 15,000 tents would be provided in the first phase to provide shelter to the people.

Gilani also directed the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to provide Watan Cards for the displaced people so as to help them meet their financial needs. He asked Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Farzana Raja to provide relief to the people under the programme as well.

The prime minister who also distributed relief goods amongst the flood-affected people said the government, working under the vision of Benazir Bhutto, would ensure swift relief for the masses.

Gilani said he had seen the damage caused by the heavy rains and assured that the federal government was taking necessary steps to ensure that basic facilities are provided and their sufferings are mitigated.

The prime minister said the flood-affected areas had been declared disaster hit areas and the Zarai Taraqiati Bank had also been asked to provide loans to the farming community.

Prime Minister Gilani said that Damage-Need Assessment would be conducted in the area and the government would compensate the people for the damage caused to their property, livestock and farms.

He prayed to God to help people return to their homes at the earliest and reassured the people that the government would take all necessary measures to bring relief to them.

Prime Minister Gilani said that the federal and Sindh governments would offer all kinds of support to the rain-affected people in Badin to help them recover from the disaster.

“I have asked the NDMA and the other concerned departments to assist in the rescue and relief efforts,” Gilani said during a visit to a relief camp in the Golarchi area of Badin.

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Saleem Shaikhhttp://saleemshaikh.blogspot.com/
The writer is a development journalist. He writes on water, sanitation, environment, climate change, agriculture, women development, human rights, education, health, development budgets and economy.
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