Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed the Pakistan Army to assist the Balochistan government by undertaking all measures for flood relief, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has stated.
COAS General Bajwa spoke with Quetta Corps Commander Lieutenant General Asif Ghafoor on a phone call and directed him to assist in rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts on emergency basis while coordinating with the civil administration.
“Unprecedented rains have caused devastation to human life and communication infrastructure, especially in Balochistan. Army resources be utilized to help affected population and restore critical communication infrastructure as an immediate temporary measure,” ISPR quoted General Bajwa as saying.
General Bajwa also added that the army stood with the affected people in this difficult time and shall undertake this effort as a national obligation.
Meanwhile, army troops reached affected areas of Karachi and interior Sindh with flood relief equipment.
Army rescue teams initiated dewatering operation and ration distribution in affected areas of District Dadu, Thatta, Badin, Jamshoro.
Reserve rescue teams are on high alert to meet any emergency in the wake of continuous rains and urban flooding in Karachi and interior Sindh.
Pakistan Army had said on Thursday that its rescue and relief efforts were underway in various flood-hit areas of Balochistan and Punjab. Troops were busy in relief activities in Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Nasirabad and Lasbela. Army medical teams were providing medical care to affected people, ISPR had stated.