LAHORE– Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bozdar presided over an important meeting at his office on Monday to review rising water situation in Sutlej River discharged by India and adopt steps for timely evacuation of people and relief and rescue activities.
The chief minister directed to complete all necessary precautionary measures in Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Lodhran, Vehari, Pakpatan, Okara and Kasur districts to deal with the situation that has arisen after release of water.
“Evacuation of population should be ensured from the river-bed and the people should be timely relocated to safer places before the flood torrent.”
Similarly, availability of all the necessary items should be ensured in relief camps and there should not be dearth of anything. The chief minister directed the irrigation and disaster management ministers to monitor the field situation by visiting Kasur, Okara and other districts adding that secretary irrigation and DG PDMA should also monitor the relief activities on the spots.
I will also visit any of the districts to monitor the precautionary measures and relief activities, he said. He said that necessary arrangements should be completed from every respect to ensure the protection of life and property of the people and to deal with any possible flood threat.
The federal and provincial departments should maintain a close liaison and they should be fully active and vigilant to deal with any emergent situation. The administration of concerned districts should personally monitor the arrangements for dealing with any possible threat of flood, he added.
He said that inflow and outflow of water should be continuously monitored and availability of necessary medicines, vaccination and grass fodder for animals should also be ensured.
The chief minister was briefed that India has released water in Satluj River without any prior intimation. There is a possibility that more than one lakh cusec water would pass through Ganda Singh Wala tomorrow. 81 relief camps have been set up in Kasur and other districts.
The meeting also reviewed adoption of necessary relief and precautionary steps. Secretary irrigation briefed about water situation in Sutlej River while DG PDMA briefed about precautionary measures and availability of necessary tools and equipment.
provincial ministers Mian Khalid Mehmood, Mohsin Leghari, SMBR, secretaries of irrigation, specialized healthcare & medical education and primary & secondary healthcare departments, DG PDMA, livestock and rescue departments officials and others attended the meeting.
while provincial minister Hashim Dogar participated from Kasur, Commissioner and DC Lahore, whereas Commissioners of Sahiwal, Multan and Bahawalpur divisions and DCs of Okara, Pakpattan, Bahawalnagar, Vehari, Bahawalpur and Lodhran attended the meeting through video link.— PRESS HANDOUT