Pakistan floods: PM Nawaz Sharif calls for speedy rescue; Monsoon rains wreak havoc

As torrential rains continued wreaking havoc across Punjab and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, PM Nawaz Sharif vowed to leave no stone unturned to help disaster-hit victims as the death toll from floods topped 110, reports said Sunday.

Pakistan floods: PM Nawaz Sharif calls for speedy rescue; Monsoon rains wreak havoc

Islamabad: As torrential rains continued wreaking havoc across Punjab and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, PM Nawaz Sharif vowed to leave no stone unturned to help disaster-hit victims as the death toll from floods topped 110, reports said Sunday.

 

The floods have damaged thousands of homes across Pakistan, leaving scores homeless. Also, dozens of bridges have been demolished by the monstrous rains.

TV visuals in Pakistan showed submerged villages and several roads and houses damaged.

 

According to media reports, the death toll is slated to rise as forecasters warn of more rains in coming days.

 

Pakistani troops rushed to rescue the people from flood-hit areas of Jhelum, Sarai Alamghir, Sialkot and Qadirabad and rescued nearly a thousand people (970 people), reported the Radio Pakistan.

 

According to the ISPR, the Army staged the rescue operation with the help of five helicopters and 105 boats. Also, troops were put on high alert in at Head Trimoon and Panjnad.

 

 

Meanwhile, the Punjab Government has declared flood emergency throughout the province to given the crisis arising out of rains and floods that have killed more than a hundred people throughout Pakistan.

 

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the authorities and departments to expedite the relief and aid efforts and directed local authorities to remain in the field to assist the flood victims.

 

Regretting the loss of lives and destruction caused by the floods, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting in Islamabad on Saturday and directed Ministers and MPs to visit the flood-hit areas and ensure speedy and smooth delivery of relief activities.

 

The Prime Minister also commended the Armed Forces' rescue operation and called for speedy evacuation of people and livestock.

 

To ensure easy commuting, the PM ordered all national highways to be opened for traffic.

 

The latest floods appear to be the worst after the flash floods of 2010 that killed 1,700 people in Pakistan.

 

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