PM directs steps for water discharge from flood-hit areas to prevent epidemics

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KHUZDAR,: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday directed urgent steps for discharge of water from the flood-hit areas to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases.

The prime minister issued the instructions during his visit to the flood-hit areas of Sohbatpur as he arrived in district Khuzdar on a day-long visit to review the arrangements of relief and rehabilitation.

PM Sharif proposed taking onboard the water engineers and hydrologists to recommend suggestions in line with the post-flood studies.

He feared that epidemics and communicable diseases could become a big challenge if the water took months to recede.

He directed to ensure availability of drinking water among the flood-affected people.

For next crop season, he said, arrangements for distribution of seeds to locals were in progress.

He mentioned that Rs five billion had been disbursed among the flood victims of Balochistan under the Benazir Income Support Programme, as each household was given Rs 25,000 to meet their needs.

The prime minister said to facilitate the flood-struck population, the government had exempt charging of 300 units in electricity bills during August and September.

He also interacted with patients at medical camp set up for flood victims and inquired the staff about the availability of medicine including the anti-malaria vaccine.

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