Friday August 26, 2022

COAS Reaches Karachi, Receives Briefing on Flood Situation & Response

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff ( COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday reached Karachi where he was briefed about flood situation in Sindh and Balochistan and response measures to help the flood victims.

The COAS would also visit army troops busy in rescue and relief efforts in Sindh and Balochistan, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The Army Flood Relief centre was established at Headquarters Army Air Defence Command Rawalpindi to oversee, coordinate National Flood Relief efforts across the country in coordination with Military Operations Directorate.

The Flood Relief Centres being established in various parts of the country would assist collection, transportation and distribution of flood relief goods to flood victims in various provinces. The Army troops were shifting people to safer places, providing shelter, meals and busy in medical care to flood affectees.

In Sindh, light rains were reported in the province where Mohenjadaro received the maximum rainfall of 38 millimeters (mm). It added that some 13 individuals died due to incidents of structure collapse and drowning in Sanghar, Larkana and Khairpur areas. In Qambar Shahdad Kot a local bund west of Warah breached due to excessive water flow due to which 600 people were affected. Moreover, the Army Relief efforts continued in the flood-hit areas whereas a tent village was established at Thatta for 60 families.

The forward bases were still functional at Nagarparker, Badin, Thatha, Sujawal, Sangarh, Jamshoro, MirPur Khaas and Dadu district for providing ration and relief items among flood affectees. As many as three additional forward bases were established at Tando Allah Yar and Matiari. The mobile medical teams were providing medical care in far flung areas of the province. In Kot Diji, the Army teams carried out dewatering operations and also distributed ration bags. In Khairpur, the evacuation operation was carried out by the army troops and they also carried out distribution of ration packets among the flood affectees.

In Noshero Feroze, the army troops executed a dewatering operation and distributed ration bags in the area amongst the flood affectees. In Dadu, the provision of cooked food and relief items to flood affectees and evacuation of standard population by rescue teams were under taken. In Sanghar, the Field Medical Centre was established and more than 136 patients were treated. In Kambar Shahdad Kot, the rescue operations to evacuate stranded individuals was carried out by the army troops.

In Thatta, a tent village was established for 60 families along with distribution of ration and dewatering operation was executed. In Badin, a flood relief camp was established at Tehsil Matli; rations packets along with tents, mosquito nets and cooked food distribution was done by the troops. In Balochistan, intermittent rains were reported across the province where Sibi received maximum rainfall of 69 mm. Due to raised water Ievel on Yaro Causeway, traffic mobility on N-65 was temporary halted.

In Jaffarabad, railway mobility was suspended due to damage to Hirok bridge between Kolpur and Mach whereas in Naseerabad, the road connectivity of Chattar and surroundings from Dera Murad Jamali got temporary disrupted. In Khuzdar, the movement of traffic was restricted on M-8 at Wangu due to land sliding whereas maintenance work was underway.

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