Islamabad- Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said the death and destruction caused by rains and floods is a great loss for the country and the government would leave no stone unturned to help the people in distress.

He was chairing a meeting today to review rain and flood situation and damage caused to life and property by rains and resulting floods in various parts of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister said that the Armed Forces and provincial authorities are doing a commendable job in relief and rescue operations and asked the Ministers and parliamentarians to visit their areas and make sure the relief activities are carried out smoothly.

He directed that evacuation of people and livestock should be carried out immediately while all national highways opened for traffic by tonight. He said that Government of Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir in coordination with NDMA should immediately start damage assessment for speedy rehabilitation. Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Muhammad Saeed Aleem briefed the meeting about the ongoing relief activities. He also gave briefing on the measures being taken at district, provincial and national levels to cope with the emergent situation. He said that Lahore and Rawalpindi divisions are experiencing serious urban flooding. He informed that there is flooding in Chenab and Jhelum while nullahs, especially in Gujranwala and Rawalpindi are also flooded. Flood levels at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad are very high. Flood level in River Jhelum and Mangla reservoir is exceptionally high while flood level at Rasul head works is at medium level. Remaining all rivers are flowing at normal level.

The Prime Minister was informed that rains resulted in flashfloods in AJ&K as well as in north-east Punjab. So far rains have caused 110 deaths in Punjab, AJ&K and Gilgit-Baltistan.148 people have been injured while 650 houses completely destroyed.

NDMA has mobilized and positioned its reserve relief stocks in major cities in flood affected areas. State of major relief stocks is satisfactory and is being provided on the request of the governments of Punjab and AJ&K. The Prime Minister also appreciated the efforts of all the concerned departments in restoring light traffic from Muzaffarabad to other parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has directed Ministers and elected representatives to visit their areas to coordinate relief activities.