9:12 am - Sunday March 15, 2015

Police use baton charge to control flood victims

The Explore News Desk

TANDO MOHAMMAD KHAN: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Monday visited the flood hit areas of Badin and issued directives for immediate response to the flood-affected areas of Sindh and assured payment of compensation after the damage assessment.

As soon as the Premier left the place the entire scene turned chaotic as too many affectees and too few goods compelled the flood victims to start snatching away the relief goods. The police personnel present on the occasion had to baton charge the people to bring the situation under control. Some affectees sustained injuries while others had to run away empty handed in a bid to escape the baton charge.

Those who had to go without any relief goods complained that despite sitting through the Prime Minister’s speech all they received was baton charge and not a single item of succour.

Earlier, the Prime Minister Gilani who was here on a day-long visit to witness the damages caused by heavy rains and flooding, directed the National Disaster Management Authority to provide tents, food, medicines and all other facilities to the displaced at the relief camps set up at different locations.

He said 15,000 tents would be provided in the first phase to provide shelter to the people.

Gilani also directed National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to provide Watan cards for the displaced people so as to help them meet their financial needs. He asked Ms Farzana Raja, Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) also to provide relief to the people under the programme.

The prime minister who also distributed relief goods amongst the flood-affected people said the government, working under the vision of Benazir Bhutto, would ensure swift relief for the masses.

Gilani said he had seen the damages caused by the heavy rains and assured that the Federal Government was taking necessary measures to ensure that basic facilities are provided and their sufferings are mitigated.

He said the flood-affected areas had been declared disaster hit areas and the Zarai Taraqiati Bank had also been asked to provide loans to the farming community.

The prime minister said the Damage-Need Assessment would be conducted in the area and the government would compensate the people on the damages to their property, livestock and farms.


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