Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed on Thursday reached flood-affected areas of Rojhan of district Rajinpur in Punjab and met flood victims at a relief camp, the military said in a statement.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief assured flood affectees that the Pakistan Army will help them to overcome their problems in these difficult times.
The COAS directed ground troops to take this responsibility as a noble cause and spare no effort to lessen the burden of flood-affected brothers and sisters, it added.
Later, General Bajwa also flood-hit areas of Dera Ismail Khan. While interacting with flood victims, The COAS consoled them over their loss and lauded the resilience of local residents in the face of unprecedented natural calamity, the ISPR added.
The army chief also directed Frontier Corps South K-P troops to ensure timely assistance and help the brave people of K-P in this hour of need.
Rescue and relief efforts
According to the military’s media wing, 157 army helicopter sorties evacuated 1,087 stranded people and transported 72 tonnes of relief items to the flood-affected areas.
More than 50,000 individuals have been shifted to safer locations from calamity-hit areas and over 51,000 patients were given health assistance in various medical camps and were provided free medicine for 3-5 days, added the ISPR.
Relief collection camps
The Pakistan Army has also established 221 relief item collection points across the country as part of a donation drive to provide relief to flood affectees.
The army has established 85 collection points in Punjab, 15 in K-P, 43 in Sindh, 41 in Balochistan, another 30 in AJK and three in Gilgit-Baltistan.
A total of 1,231 tonnes of relief items including medicines were collected and are now being dispatched to flood victims.