Shehbaz Sharif describes floods as ‘worst in country’s history’ n Nowshera reports 26 snake bite incidents in flood-hit areas; one woman dies n Pregnant woman dies of suffocation in Khairpur n River Indus likely to attain very high flood at Taunsa: FFC n Flood alert issued for low lying areas near River Satluj n PM lauds EU’s support worth 2.15 million Euros for flood affectees.

ISLAMABAD    -   Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday urged the international com­munity to extend maxi­mum support for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-stricken people of Pakistan, assuring that every penny would be spent transparently.

The prime minister, in an interaction with the representatives of the foreign media, said, “I want to give my sol­emn pledge and solemn commitment” that every penny would be spent in a transparent manner.

“Every penny will reach the needy. There will be no wastage at all,” he assured the people of Pakistan as well as the donors. He said the coun­try was faced with the “worst” flood situation in its history that had killed over a thousand people including 300 children, injured thousands more, displaced more than a million people and killed above a million animals.

In the press briefing, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also called the floods “the worst in the history of Pakistan.” “The damage to our infrastructure is vast and is spread all over Pakistan,” Sharif said. He re­called the international com­munity’s generous support following the 2010 floods and expected a similar response in wake of the ongoing cata­strophic situation.

He said thought the friendly countries had started sending relief supplies but “much more needed to be done” to overcome the situation. He said the UN Flash Appeal of $160 million and called for its multiplication to overcome the burgeoning needs.

The floods also washed away the standing crops, the prime minister said and sought the in­ternational community’s atten­tion towards the current needs of the flood-hit population in­cluding potable water, tents, mosquito nets, and medical treatment.

Prime Minister Sharif said all including the federal and pro­vincial governments, National Disaster Management Author­ity (NDM), provincial disas­ter management authorities and Pakistan Army were in ac­tion for rescue and relief of the flood victims. He said the rele­vant authorities were also ac­tively engaged in repair of the road infrastructure as the flash floods had damaged thousands kilometer stretch of roads across the country. He said ow­ing to the destruction of roads, Quetta had lost connectivity with Sindh.

He said the damaged road in­frastructure also led to the im­pediments in supply of basic necessities to the flood-hit pop­ulation. He said the pervading catastrophic flood situation also adversely impacted the econo­my, adding to the burden on the national kitty. 

He said the government was scraping maximum resources for relief and rehabilitation of the people who were current­ly being provided with their im­mediate needs including shelter, tents, mosquito nets, potable water and medical treatment.

The prime minister told the media that the relief operation was going on across the coun­try. Dozens of helicopters and boats were also in action to res­cuing relocate the affected peo­ple besides supplying relief items. “This needs to be done at a much bigger scale,” he re­marked citing the magnitude of the challenge.

He said a National Flood Re­sponse and Coordination Cen­ter had been constituted for an effective and speedy relief and rehabilitation operation and co­ordination with donor agencies.

To a question, the prime min­ister said the country had re­ceived three to four times more rains this year and assured that the government would redirect its development spending for the rehabilitation of the people.

“Met members of interna­tional media today to brief them about flood ravages in Pakistan. The devastation is evidence of seriousness of the threat posed by climate change. Despite having less than 1% share in carbon emission, we are ranked 8th in terms of ex­posure to climate hazards,” the PM tweeted. “My point was that international communi­ty, particularly the developed world, should not leave devel­oping countries like Pakistan at the mercy of climate change. If it is us today, it can be some­body else tomorrow. Threat of climate change is real, potent & staring us in the face.”

At least eight more people were killed and three others in­jured due to rain and flood-re­lated incidents in Khyber Pa­khtunkhwa during the last 24 hours, officials said Tuesday. Ac­cording to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), relief operations are ongoing in the flood-affected districts. Two children died of drowning in flood water near motorway in Charsadda on Tuesday.

Rescue 1122 said that an eight-year old boy and his sister aged 11 were playing in flood water when they drowned.

The ill-fated family was liv­ing in relief camp established for flood victims and belongs to Shabara village in Charsadda. The Rescue 1122 teams have re­covered both bodies and hand­ed them over to the heirs.

‘VENOMOUS SNAKES’

Venomous snakes found in flood waters were on prowl in affected areas as only in Nowshera 26 cases of snake bites were reported which has claimed life of a woman for not receiving timely medical aid. 

According to the Health De­partment, lack of anti-venom medicines was causing deaths among flood affectees. The woman who lost her life hailed from Mohib Banda village. Ac­cording to the health depart­ment, the woman was bitten at her home. The department added that snakes had become more ferocious due to hunger while biting everything that comes in their way. Pregnant woman dies of suffocation 

An expectant mother died of suffocation on Tuesday, while many others fainted at a Benazir Income Support Pro­gramme (BISP) collection point in Khairpur.

According to local police, a BISP point was set up at Govern­ment Mumtaz College, Khair­pur for disbursement of money among the flood victims.

Hundreds of women reached the point where many faint­ed due to the nonavailability of electric fans and drinking water.

The woman, identified as Khursheed Begum, fainted due to lack of oxygen and died in hospital, while many others were being treated at the Civ­il Hospital. The affected peo­ple demanded that more BISP money collection points be set up to save people from suffocat­ing to death. River Indus like­ly to attain very high flood at Taunsa: FFC

Federal Flood Commission (FFC) has said River Indus may attain very high flood lev­el at Taunsa while very high lev­el flooding is likely to contin­ue in River Kabul during next 24 hours. According to daily FFC report on Tuesday, at pres­ent, River Indus is flowing in “high flood” in Chashma–Taun­sa–Guddu-Sukkur Reaches and in “medium flood” at Kalabagh and Kotri