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PM visits flood-hit Skardu to review relief work

SKARDU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday arrived in Skardu to review relief activities in the area where recent flash floods have played havoc following torrential rains, Samaa reported.

According to Samaa correspondent, the PM will be briefed by officials of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and local administration over damages as well as the ongoing relief and rehabilitation work that is also joined by Pakistan Army.

The PM will also meet flood victims and distribute relief items among them.

Severe rains which began in mid-July have caused havoc in both the north and south of the country, killing nearly 100 people and damaging more than 1,900 houses.

At least 38 people were killed in worst-hit northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 19 in Azad Kashmir, 11 in Punjab, eight in Balochistan and five in Gilgit Baltistan.

Rescue and Relief operations continued on Wednesday in both districts of Baltistan region,
Skardu and Ghanche after heavy flood, rain and land sliding.

District Ghanche was the most affected area where about 11 villages were damaged. Officials said measures were being taken to restore bridges, power and irrigation channels in all part of the district.

Deputy Commissioner Ghanghe, Tariq Hussain said shelter, ration and other essential commodities were being provided to the affected people.

Source– Samaa

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