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Federal govt to form response centre to counter flood devastation

The government will form a response centre to develop comprehensive plans for the relief and rehabilitation of millions of flood victims.

On Monday, the federal government decided to develop a plan for dealing with natural disasters of this scale in the future.

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The flooding brought on by unprecedented monsoon rains swept nearly a third of the country, prompting the ruling alliance to hold hasty discussions.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif presided over a meeting, which decided to establish a National Flood Response and Coordination Center, that would include federal ministers, military officials, chief ministers, and specialists.

This will offer an appropriate institutional response to the flood disaster.

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Additionally, it was agreed to remove unauthorized constructions from the banks of rivers and other water courses would be removed.

The top civil and military leadership, including the heads of the three service chiefs, and the chief ministers of Sindh and Azad Jammu and Kashmir via video connection attended the meeting.

Leaders of allied parties, federal ministers, and senior representatives from Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir were also present.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a tweet said, “The Centre will serve as a bridge between disaster management authorities, donors and government institutions.”

“It will collect and analyze the latest information and pass it on to the relevant government agencies. It will also oversee rescue and relief work including restoration of infrastructure.”



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