‘Spill out of water was huge to an extent that even 10
governments will be helpless in thwarting it.’

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haidar Khan Hoti paid visit
to flood affected areas of Nowshehra, Risalpur, Charsadda and other associated
parts for third consecutive day on Monday. He went to relief camps and met the
affectees and examined facilities provided to them. Provincial Minister for
Information Mian Iftekhar Hussain and Commissioner Peshawar also accompanied
him. He reviewed facilities of residence, cooked food, clean drinking water and
treatment available to affectees in the camps. The Chief Minister talked
intimately to affectees in the camps, listened to their grievances and acquired
information about their needs.

The chief minister assured the flood affectees that the government is
utilizing all out resources for their relief. He said that home like facilities
are difficult to be provided to affectees in the camps, however, the government
is committed for providing much relief in this hour of trial. He said that the
government is fully aware of this devastation, however, man is helpless in
thwarting natural calamities with such intensity. The Chief Minister also
increased compensation amount for heirs of deceased from one lakh to three lacks
and said that owners of damaged houses will also be compensated generously,
however, this process will commence after completion of survey of damages. He
said that the affectees would be provided with one-month ration. He said that
intensity of this flood had broken all previous records and devastation due to
it is beyond imagination.
Ameer Haider Khan Hoti humbly listened to grievances of the affectees and assured
them that the government will never left them alone in this hour of
difficulties, trial and problems. He said that the provincial government is
doing beyond its capacity for serving the people. He prayed for peace in heaven
of the deceased and patience and tolerance for flood affectees. He lauded the
patience and tolerance of people of flood-affected districts.
Talking to media men on the occasion, CM Hoti said, “It is difficult
to estimate flood damages, the volume of water spill out was huge and history of
the province had never seen such huge amount of water spill out. Flood
situations are now relieved in some areas.” To a query regarding people
complaints about prompt response after flood, the Chief Minister of Pakhtunkhwa said that all
facilities and precautionary measures were available for usual torrential flood,
however, the resources of the government for thwarting such huge destruction
were meager adding that boats have been brought from Islamabad and Karachi . He
said that first priority of the government is to rescue the affectees from flood
and their shifting to safer places adding that the process has been completed in
several areas, now providing them relief is the prior responsibility. He said
that those people whose houses have been completely washed away will be kept in
the camps while food and other needs will be provided to the people in their
area whose houses are partially damaged.
When quizzed about insufficient arrangements, the Chief Minister said, ‘Spill
out of water was huge to an extent that even 10 governments will be helpless in
thwarting it.’ He cited flood in America in this connection. He said that the
federal government and international community have been appealed for assistance
in this hour of trial. He also requested well off sections of the society,
welfare institutes and other organizations for assistance of flood affectees.
Tents have been installed for large number of affectees in camps while flood
relief hospitals have been established for treatment of ill children, elders and
women and doctors and other medical staff are busy in their examination and
vaccination while ambulance services are also available in case of any emergency
in the camps. Divisional and district authorities, MPAs and other concerned
authorities were also present in the camps.