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PM asks for report on Balochistan rain damages

Armed forces conduct rescue, relief operations amid downpour

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday sought a report from the Chief Minister Balochistan on the damage caused by the recent rains.

The prime minister asked the National Disaster Management Authority to give immediate relief and all possible assistance to those affected in Gwadar and Turbat. Pakistan Army, Navy and Frontier Corps (FC) troops have been busy in rescue and relief efforts in Gwadar District since the last 96 hours after the coastal belt of Balochistan was hit by heavy rainfall. Special relief efforts have also been undertaken in isolated villages of Kulanch, Sardasht and Sunstar valleys.

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Gwadar’s old town has remained the focus of the dewatering operation. Army, FC and Pakistan Coast Guards have established medical camps and have been distributing rations to the flood victims.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has provided tents, blankets and rations through Army Aviation helicopters in remote areas. Damage assessment was also underway to reach out to the stranded families and to channelize relief to the far-flung areas. Pakistan Air Force’s C-130 sorties loaded with ration/clothing have also been flown to the help the population of Pasni.

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday appealed the tourists and families to avoid travelling to Murree and Galiyat due to heavy traffic jams there.

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In a statement, he said that a large number of tourists were present in Murree and Galiyat to enjoy the weather after the area received heavy snowfall. He said that the administration of Rawalpindi and Murree was efficiently working to facilitate the citizens.

Sheikh said that due to heavy traffic and presence of a large number of tourists, the movement of traffic towards Murree was very slow. He added that over 100,000 vehicles have so far entered Murree and Galiyat from Islamabad.


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