Shogram bridge in Upper Chitral

Additional Rs2.5bn approved for flood-hit areas

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved an additional Rs2.5 billion for relief and rehabilitation activities in flood-affected areas of the province.

In this regard, a summary has been approved by the provincial cabinet through circulation. Besides, a letter has also been written by the establishment and administration department to the relief and rehabilitation department to ensure implementation of the decision.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan termed the provision of immediate relief to the flood victims and their rehabilitation top priority of his government. He said that flood affectees were not alone in this testing time, the provincial government stood by them adding that all the available resources would be utilized for the rehabilitation of the flood victims. He assured them that as situation gets better, steps would also be taken to rehabilitate and repatriate the affected people.

Meanwhile, the statement claimed that relief and rehabilitation activities were underway in different flood-hit areas, and so far 24 roads have been reopened and electricity has also been restored on 35 feeders in Dir Lower.

Similarly, 34 food packages and 60 tents have been distributed among the flood victims in the district. Moreover, district administration in Dera Ismail Khan has provided food items to 76,000 households and dewatering operation is also in progress in affected villages.

The affected population is being shifted to temporary relief camps while the affected areas of Dera Ismail Khan are being rehabilitated. Similarly, one kilometer of Karora to Ajmer road has been completely restored in Shangla district. Furthermore, the districts administration Peshawar and Charsadda are also providing assistance to the flood victims, while a medical relief camp has also been established for the flood victims.

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