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PM cancels London tour in light of flood crisis

The worst affected regions are Balochistan followed by Southern Punjab, interior Sindh and Northern Areas of KPK.

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday while considering the flood situation in the country, cancelled his visit to London where he planned to go to inquire after his ailing granddaughter.

Earlier, the prime minister intended to fly to London after his two-day official visit to Qatar, but he decided to travel back to Islamabad to review the ongoing rescue and relief operations in flood-hit areas.

On his arrival here, the prime minister would chair a meeting wherein the officers of the National Disaster Management Authority and other departments would brief the prime minister on rescue and relief efforts.

The worst affected regions are Balochistan followed by Southern Punjab, interior Sindh and Northern Areas of KPK. The National Disaster Management team has failed to live up to the expectations, and the people in general and the political parties, in particular, are a disappointment.

The whole nation is more interested in the Pakistani American Shahbaz Gill case, or in whether Imran Khan will be arrested or not. Other than some activity by the PM and some welfare relief work on the ground by Alkhidmat Foundation, Jamaat ut Dawa and one odd other NGO, the rest of the INGOs and NGOs are inactive.

The United Nations is boosting support to Pakistani authorities dealing with the devastating floods in the most affected provinces of Balochistan and Sindh, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

Responding to a question at the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the UN team, led by Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Julien Harneis, has mobilized $7 million to respond to the floods.

Read more: Unprecedented floods in Pakistan

According to Pakistan’s Minister for Climate Change, Sherry Rehman, over 900 people were killed during monsoon rains across the country since June this year, while 1,293 were left injured.

Courtesy: APP