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CHITRAL, July 8 (APP): The Government has expedited relief operations and activities in flood hit Chitral district besides accelerating pace on work for restoration of damaged communication infrastructure including water supply schemes to provide quick support to the affected people.

Prime Minister’s Focal Person for relief activities in Chitral, Engr Amir Muqam and Chairman National Disasters Management Authority (NDMA) Major General Asghar Nawaz visited flood hit areas including Urson village here Friday and inspected relief activities/operations besides distributing food items among the affected people.

They were briefed by Deputy Commissioner Chitral about ongoing relief activities and pace of work on the damaged infrastructure in the affected areas. They also met with flood affectees and assured full support to them. Muqam directed the DC to further speed up relief activities in the flood hit areas.

According to PDMA KP, 1200 tents, 6000 quilts have been provided to district administration Chitral at the onset of monsoon season 2016. As many as 500 tents, 100 kitchen sets, 400 plastic mats, 1000 hampers and 1200 blankets have been dispatched for the affected areas from PDMA warehouse.

The DC Chitral was authorized to utilize the relief funds to the tune of Rs.15 million for relief activities.

The General Manager, Utility Corporation Pakistan has been requested to ensure the provision of food items to District Administration, Chitral in the wake of Urson valley flood incident.

Pakistan Red Crescent Society has distributed relief goods including plastic buckets, water filters and other necessary items among the flood affectees. Cooked foods (rice) and thousands of bottles of drinking water and other items were also distributed.

The affected people have been provided food items and compensation  cheques besides free treatment facilities to the injured at District Headquarters Hospital, Chitral.

District Health Officer Chitral along with Paramedical staff had
visited the affected area and provided medical treatment and medicines to the affected population.

In addition to distribution of food and other necessary items among the affectees, the Civil and Works Department had restored the roads for light traffic and routine activities was moving towards normalcy in the affected areas due to effective measures of the government.

The Irrigation and PHE departments are engaged in assessing the damages to irrigation channels and water supply schemes respectively whereas Irrigation Department has been given the task to dismantle the artificial damming at Chitral river.