Peshawar-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Faisal Amin Gandapur on Tuesday said that all resources are being utilised to assist and provide relief to the flood affectees in every way, while work to permanently rehabilitate the flood victims has also been started on crash grounds.  

For this purpose, more emergency funds are being released by the KP Finance Department, he revealed. He expressed these views while talking to the flood victims during his visits of the flood-hit areas in Dera Ismail Khan. The concerned rescue and district administration authorities also accompanied him on the occasion. 

Gandapur said that assessment committees have been formed to ensure compensation of flood damages in order to make sure not only the fair distribution of the funds, but also satisfy the beneficiaries and they do not lose their due rights. He, however, appealed for full cooperation with these survey teams for this purpose. 

The minister appealed to the entire nation and overseas Pakistanis to donate generously in the KP Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund to extend maximum help to the flood victims, as he said, the rehabilitation of the displaced homeless victims is more difficult than the rescue and relief phases. For this purpose, he maintained, extra resources are required to deal with natural calamities.  

He said that the recent flood was more intense and destructive than the floods of 2010 and there were a lot of damages this time, he added. He said that this fact is also very welcome and satisfying that the spirit, brotherhood and solidarity shown by the government, administration, Pakistan Army and especially the entire nation to deal with the recent natural disaster is commendable. Living nations face difficulties in the same spirit, he added.  

He said that according to our estimates, apart from the loss of precious human lives, more than 70 thousand acres of land and standing crops and gardens have been damaged. He said the provincial government, local administration and all institutions are working round the clock to deal with this calamity and provide adequate aid and relief to the victim families.  

He said all relevant institutions including Pakhtunkhwa Highway Authority, NHA, C&W and local government are endeavouring day and night to restore the flood-affected roads, highways and link roads so that restoration of infrastructure can not only speed up the rescue and relief activities but also solves problems faced by the people in transportation. 

Faisal Amin clarified that after the rescue and relief activities, the next herculean task before the KP government is the permanent resettlement of the affected families, which requires more time and resources, and this task is a big challenge. Hence, he said the provincial government is using all its resources but the brotherhood and solidarity that the people have shown so far is to be carried forward that will be a great support to the victims and this gesture is the sign of living nations.  

He said that candid measures are being taken by the concerned departments to ensure maintenance and repair of the canal system so that irrigation can not only be maintained for the cultivation and nourishment of the new crops, especially wheat, but also for vitalising all lands and crops and water delivery to the final tail sections can be ensured. 

The minister further assured that the government will not leave the victims alone at the mercy of the circumstances and we will not sit down until the complete rehabilitation of the affectees. He said that under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, all members of the provincial cabinet are standing side by side with the victims in this hour of suffering.