Pakistan is facing the biggest loss of climate change: Ahsan Iqbal
Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that the country is facing the biggest loss of climate change in the recent history, 500% more than normal rains caused terrible floods.
Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal while holding a press conference along with Chairman NDMA and DG ISPR said that even developed countries are helpless in the face of natural calamities, however, the work of restoring roads affected by floods is going on.
He said that the electricity transmission system has been affected due to the flood, 881 feeders have been affected by the flood, out of which 758 feeders have been restored.
Power transmission in Balochistan was more affected, 9 transmission lines were damaged, 6 transmission lines have been restored.
Rs 25000 per household is being given to flood victims
In a media briefing, Chairman NDMA said that four heatwaves were experienced in summer.
He said that 1265 people died due to floods and rains, 1.4 million houses were damaged due to floods.
According to Chairman NDMA, more than 735,000 live stock was lost due to flood, National Emergency was declared and services of Pakistan Army were taken.
NDMA Chairman said that 25000 per household is being given to the victims.
The jawans risked their lives to participate in relief operations, DG ISPR
While giving a briefing on the relief work, DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar said that the soldiers in the flood affected areas are performing their duties as a sacred duty instead of duty.
DG ISPR said that the Army Chief has directed to help the flood victims and himself has visited the flood affected areas and reviewed the relief operations.
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DG ISPR said that despite the bad weather and other challenges, the soldiers rescued people. 147 army relief camps have been established across the country, more than 50000 people have been given relief in the camps.
DG ISPR said that KP helpline 1125 can be contacted in emergency situation, helpline 1135 in other areas can be contacted in emergency situation.
According to DG ISPR, 284 flood relief collection points have been established across the country, Pakistan Air Force has rescued more than 1521 people, helicopters of Army Aviation, Navy are engaged in relief activities.
For areas other than Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, helpline 1135 can be contacted, every soldier of Pakistan Army is serving the flood victims, Pakistan Army is working day and night to help the flood victims.
DG ISPR said that the jawans risked their lives to participate in the relief work, while helping the flood victims, the helicopter met with an accident, 6 officers were martyred.
He said that Pakistan Air Force rescued 1521 people, Pakistan Army provided a large number of tents and medicines to the flood victims, Pakistan Navy rescued 10 thousand flood victims, the trust of the people is the asset of Pakistan Army.
According to DG ISPR, Pakistan Navy teams are engaged in helping the victims across the country, 147 relief camps have been established across the country and more than 50,000 people have been rescued in these relief camps.
He said that the army is present wherever needed in the flood-affected areas, the people trapped in Kamrat Kalam were contacted and brought to the relief camp and 1783 tons of rations have been distributed among the victims.
DG ISPR said that 55,000 food packets have been distributed to the victims by the Pakistan Navy, more than 23,000 people have been rescued by the Pakistan Air Force, and 10,000 people have been rescued in 19 medical camps of the Pakistan Navy.
DG ISPR said that the martyrs of Pakistan are our asset, we are breathing in free air due to the sacrifices of the martyrs, Pakistan forces are always by the side of the people in extraordinary situations, we are out of this sudden calamity.