- COAS General Bajwa visits Dada and its environs.
- Army Commander Reviews Current Rescue and Relief Operations work.
- General Bajwa praises local authorities for their efforts in security safety of flood-hit population.
DADU: chief of Army Staff General Qamar Jawed Bajwa on Saturday visited Dadu, calling it the area hardest hit by the recent floods.
The army commander, during his visit to Dadu and its environs, got acquainted with the ongoing rescue and relief operations. work after the flood triggered due to abnormal rain in rural Sindh, Inter-Services public relations department said. in statement.
Turning to current flood in district, General Bajwa praised the local authorities for their efforts in security safety of in population flood victims.
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General Bajwa also appreciated current flood in district and praised the local authorities for their efforts in security safety of in the floodstruck population.
military media wing shared that the army commander also spend time with victims living in rehabilitation and medical camps in directions in which he led the provision of 5000 tents flood-affected people in area. General Bajwa also interacted with troops who Was busy in rescue work.
Speaking with During his visit to Dadu, the army commander said to the press that he had visited almost all the areas affected by the floods in Pakistan, including Otal, Nasirabad, Rajanpur, Swat, Larkana, Shahdadkot and Khairpur.
“Today I arrived in Dadu,” he said, adding that this was the most affected area.
“Manchar and Hamal Lake are 100 km apart, but now they have merged,” COAS said, emphasizing on gravity of floods in the area where government still engaged in rescue work.
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“During the rescue work in most of the sites are almost completed. We send our helicopters and boats to help people from areas where there are emergencies due to snake bites, injury or illness. However, salvation and relief work continues here,” the army commander shared.
He added this dadu cityx population is about 475,000, but he currently has increased to about 1 million, and there is tremendous water pressure in surrounding area.
COAS praised the efforts of district commissioner who worked with the army to build dams to save city.
“In Dadu we are still in in first phase of the rescue people and help them,” he said.
Commenting on receiving help from all over the country and from abroad, the army commander said that we should No just rely on in international community give support.
“Currently, people in Pakistan provides assistance for victims, we get a lot of aid, in particular, from the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. I would also request people from Sindh – both rural and urban – to step up as well as support our brothers who are in difficult situation at the moment and contribute to providing assistance,” he said, adding that the World Food Program and USAID also already arrived to help.
“United Nations Secretary General also here, and flights from different countries are also arrival [with assistance],” he said.
The army commander further noted that we ourselves are responsible for the victims.
General Bajwa also commented on influence of rain in Pakistan.
“Rain will be 50 mm all year in all these areas, but there was no preparation for 1700 mm of precipitation,” he said.
He also shared that a Dutch company was commissioned to conduct a study on the flooding in 2017, which he says will now need to be revisited.
“People will continue to suffer if we don’t have drainage system and dams. Army engineers received the task and conducted a preliminary study on this, COAS stated, sharing that prime minister and the chief ministers will be informed of this next a week.
“We will also ask for help international experts,” he said.
Addressing media inquiries, the army commander said that the institution also It has plans in relation to the victims who were left homeless due to the flood.
“We have planned build village consisting of of from 50 to 100 families. prefabricated village is built in several days. We define location for this,” COAS said, adding that the army will build such a village in either Sindh or Balochistan.
Houses in a village consisting of two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom can be built in 500,000 rupees.
Discussion rise of diseases caused by floods head of The military has stated that it is challenge to deal with with disease in affected areas.
“Waterborne diseases are a major problem, especially in areas like Dadu,” he said, emphasizing on Giving help people in cooperation with local administration.
“We hope to improve people’s life while working with in governmentsaid the commander of the army.
COAS also was talking about creating gaps to save cities from flooding.
“If the water level in The Indus will decrease, we will break the embankments and direct streams of water towards it. Long-term planning and construction of have to build dams,” he said, insisting on formation of drainage systems.
Inviting others countries in curb climate change, COAS said Pakistan cannot work one.
“Pakistan’s contribution to climate change one percent. Our glaciers in Siachen are melting due to excessive heat. people around world are now raising their voice about the rise in temperature, the effect of that are felt everywhere,” he said, highlighting recent heatwaves. in Britannia.
“This yearWe jumped into summer after winter. We didn’t get to experience Spring. effects of global warming everywhere,” he said, emphasizing that the only solution is to go for alternative energy.
“We need gradually let go of generation power using hydrocarbons, oil and coal,” he said.
The army commander repeated on make dams as they will help produce electricity, limit pollution and decrease global warming.
“I cant comment on where can there be dams built. But the dam also should be built in Swat,” the COAS said in a statement.
ISPR shared that the army commander was later taken by plane for antenna review of flood-affected areas of Dadu, Khairpur Nathan Shah, Johi, Meher and Lake Manchar.
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