The government's flood relief assistance and distribution activity will now be operated digitally with the Digital Flood Dashboard as per the directives of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a bid to ensure transparency.

The decision was made in a meeting chaired by the premier on Saturday. The digital dashboard will provide information to the general public about financial support and relief goods being received and distributed among the flood victims.

During the meeting, the prime minister was informed that the dashboard had been made by using latest technology to provide all details about relief activities and receipt and distribution of goods and assistance. Besides this, the general public and media will also be informed about relief measures.

The prime minister also announced that the audit of financial aid received for flood victims would be conducted by the Accountant General Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) and the world’s reputable audit firms to ensure transparency. He also reviewed the restoration of services in affected areas and called for expediting the rehabilitation of roads, bridges and power supply. He directed the provision of basic necessities of life to the victims.

Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Miftah Ismail has said the government had provided Rs70 billion for the relief and rehabilitation of flood-affected people.

Talking to the media after a meeting with office-bearers of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, Miftah Ismail said that another Rs50 billion would be provided to the affected people. He said that every penny received from abroad would be audited internally and externally. He mentioned that 33 million people were currently living under the open sky and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was working day and night for their early rehabilitation.

“The prime minister would soon hold meetings with industrialists and business people,” he said, adding that APTMA had deposited Rs400m into the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund and it would donate another Rs1bn.

On the other hand, the death toll from floods in Sindh surged to 621 as 12 more people died during the last 24 hours on Sunday.