The recent flash floods caused by abnormally heavy rains left seven people killed and 15 injured besides wrecking havoc with infrastructure in several areas of the D I Khan District over the last five days.
The flash floods and hill torrents hurtling down Koh-e-Suleman mountain range which was lashed by incessant rains caused damage to nearly 8,500 houses and severely affecting 147 villages mainly in Prova, Daraban and Kulachi Tehsils of D I Khan District.
Sharing details about the relief operations in a video message, Deputy Commissioner D I Khan District Nasrullah Khan said the district administration was mobilizing all available resources to extend relief and rescue people in the flood affected areas of the Dera Ismail Khan which was ravaged by recent flash floods and torrential rains.
The DC said a total of six relief camps had been established to provide shelter, food and medicines to flood affected people. Of these camps, four had been set up at Prova, one at Darazinda and other at Daraban.
He said that a total of 11 well-equipped rescue teams including six those from neighbouring districts were currently busy in relief and rescue operations in flood affected areas of the district.
Moreover, the district administration has distributed, so far, about 2000 food packages among flood affectes and added that 7000 people were provided three-time meal at relief camps as per government’s policy.
DC Nasrullah Khan aso highlighted the assistance provided by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority(PDMA) and the National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA), saying the district administration also received relief consignments from the both authorities.
Of these, 30 food and non food load trucks had been distributed and the remaining relief items as received were being distributed among the flood affected people, accordingly.
The Deputy Commissioner who was sounding quite confident also dispelled rumours and impression created in wake of flood-related contents on social media, said the district administration was fully geared up with having all necessary machinery at its disposal to successfully meet the current challenging time.
He said that all the necessary heavy machinery such as tractors, bulldozers and excavators were available and utilized as they needed.
He also urged people to cooperate with the district administration and all rescue agencies and staff at field and to not pay heed to fake news or rumours doing rounds on social media regarding flood situation or relief activities.
Mr. Nasrullah also told a flood control room had been established and people in case of any emergency or complaint may contact at 09669280116. Commissioner Dera Ismail Khan Division Amir Afaq was taking pain and personally monitoring and leading relief and rescue operations through the district.
Commissioner is regularly conducting meetings with line departments and relevant authorities including Pak-Army and police force to ensure effective coordination and successfully overcome the situation.
He said there was a complete unity among all relevant authorities and line departments and collective efforts were being made to extend relief to flood affected people and bring life to normal in f;ppd-hit areas of the district.