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CM sees ‘low intensity’ of floods in south Punjab

CM sees ‘low intensity’ of floods in south Punjab

MULTAN: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said the flood intensity in southern Punjab is lower this year than it was in previous years and it will cause less damage.

Speaking to reporters after inspecting the metro bus project here on Saturday, he averred concerted efforts were required to fight calamities like floods and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority and the federal government were helping the provincial government to cope with the current situation. He said he himself was monitoring rescue and relief operation in the flood-hit areas of south Punjab.

He said the decision of the Judicial Commission had ended the “politics of lies and allegations” and there’s a need to work for progress of the country. “Those who wasted the nation’s time should now think of its progress. The entire nation knows that sit-ins caused obstacles in public projects and damaged the economy,” he said.

He said he tried to reach the flood-hit areas of Rahim Yar Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan but could not due to bad weather. He said the metro bus project would be completed within its due time and hundreds of people would benefit from it.

Earlier, the chief minister told gatherings of flood victims at various places of Multan that work on the construction of dams was not allowed to be initiated during the regime of Pervez Musharraf and Pervaiz Elahi. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif started work on the projects of Diamer-Bhasha and Wasu dams and allocated billions for the construction of both dams,” he said.

Published in Dawn, July 26th, 2015

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