Railway To Transport Relief Items To Flood-Hit Free Of Cost: Saad.

LAHORE -- The Pakistan Railways will transport relief items of all charity organisations free of cost to the flood affected people. Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafique said this while presiding over a meeting here on Monday in which briefing was given on measures related to provision of ration and medical assistance in the flood affected areas of Balochistan. Railways medical teams had left for helping flood victims in Balochistan's flood-hit areas, the meeting was told. During the meeting, a direction was given to set up relief camps at Jhal Magsi, Qila Abdullah and Noshki. Railway teams were present on call in Kan Mehtarzai and Usta Muhammad, the meeting was informed. It was also told that work had been started to establish points in Karachi, Multan, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Sahiwal and Lahore stations to collect relief items from welfare organisations and philanthropists. The Railway teams had been directed to stay in touch with district administration of Sindh and Balochistan besides the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA). Scouts were also included in the teams to help the railways administration. Welfare General Manager Shoaib Adil had been appointed as focal person for the flood relief operation. He could be contacted on 03008368753 round-the-clock. The railway employees from grade 17 to 22 should submit their one-day salary in the flood relief fund. The minister said that he would personally monitor the flood relief campaign.


Senior Member Board of Revenue (SMBR) and Punjab Relief Commissioner, Zahid Akhtar Zaman on Monday reviewed the relief activities and flood situation in Dera Ghazi Khan during a meeting in the commissioner's office.

In a statement issued here, he directed the authorities concerned to speed up the relief operations in the flood affected areas. The number of mobile veterinary dispensaries should be increased in flood-affected areas, he instructed. He said that mobile veterinary dispensaries should be called immediately from other districts if needed.

The SMBR said that medical examination of each person and vaccination of cattle should be completed as soon as possible as there was high chance of any outbreak in flood affected areas. He also instructed to adopt precautionary measures to avoid any untoward situation. He said that transparent survey for redressing the damages should be conducted, adding that all out efforts were being made to provide...

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