Pakistan Army continues relief work for affectees of floods: ISPR
RAWALPINDI, July 31(APP): Pakistan Army continues its relief and rescue activities country wide for the affectees of unprecedented floods. All available troops of Army in respective areas have been fully mobilized and so far 14250 people have been evacuated from the flooded areas.
This was expressed by Director General Interservice Public Relation, Maj.Gen Athar Abbass during press briefing at Directorate of ISPR.
According to briefing, 3000 people were rescued in Swat, 2000 in Tank, 3000 in Risalpur, 3450 in Nowshera, Charsada and Pabbi. Efforts are in hand to rescue 2800 tourists stranded in Kalam have been evacuated to safer places. 17 Army Helicopters are taking parts in these relief activities besides motor boats.
Army troops equipped with sufficient numbers of Boats and life jackets are busy in rescue activities at Nowshera, Jhelum and other flood affected areas. Army troops in concert with civil administration are operating at full stretch continuously. All available troops of Army in Malakand / Swat areas have been fully mobilized to carry out rescue and relief activities. 50 ton rations and 5000 packets of meal have been dropped in flood affected areas through Helicopters. Air mobile ambulance (Helicopter) has also been inducted to provide necessary first aid treatment to the stranded people.
Additional 50 motor boats procured from Karachi have started arriving in Peshawar/Risalpur and being pushed in the affected areas. Army Engineers are busy round the clock to keep the major roads open and allow flow of traffic. Army reserve bridges have also been moved to flood affected areas and will be launched as soon as water recedes.
Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Asif Yasin Malik visited various parts of flood affected areas of District Charsada, Peshawar and Nowshera and witnessed ongoing rescue and relief activities.