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     September 02,  2015



MPA demands early restoration of flood effected infrastructure

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: MPA from Mastuj, Syed Sardar Hussain Shah has expressed his deep concern and has made frantic calls to the authorities to save the children of the flood affected areas of upper Chitral from the deadly disease of polio as no campaign can be carried out normally as the remote areas have been rendered inaccessible.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, he said that the other impediment in administering polio drops is the absence of electricity to keep the polio vaccines in desired temperature as the only power house of the area was washed away by the flood.

He asked the authorities to take up the polio campaign case with genuine vaccines on emergency basis and call in the army and police to drive an extra-ordinary special campaign to save thousands of children from contracting the disease.

Mr. Husain also described in detail the efforts made by him to bring relief to the people rendered homeless and their rehabilitation process and said that he had got government owned lands sanctioned from the provincial government and construction of their homes will be completed well before the advent of winter season.

He said that special measures were on the anvil for the restoration of the physical infrastructures devastated by the flood and the relevant departments and agencies will launch the work very soon while roads to most of the valleys have been opened for vehicular traffic.

He claimed that as a result of his efforts, the World Food Program is initiating a comprehensive food package program for sixteen thousands families for a period of three months and this will solve the problem security for the affected families.

Mr. Hussain appreciated the role of Pak Army in the relief phase of the disaster and said that the lives of hundreds of people were saved by them who rushed to their help when the flood had gripped the whole valley.

He appealed to the prime minister to declare Chitral, a calamity-hit area and approach the international community to contribute for the rebuilding of the devastated Chitral which has lost more than 80 percent of its infrastructures during the flood.



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