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Gilani monitors flood devastation through specially equipped C-130; visits remote areas of Balochistan.

_, August 12, 2010 (Balochistan Times):ON BOARD PMS SPECIAL AIRCRAFT, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Thursday took an aerial view of the floods devastated areas of Punjab and Balochistan and directed gearing up of efforts to reach out to the still stranded people. Gilani, accompanied by Ministers of Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Interior Rehman Malik, Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Raza Rabbani took a thorough view from a C-130 aircraft, specially equipped with a high powered camera, usually used on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for surveillance. LCD displays were installed in the aircraft - that also carried a large media team to fly over the vast inundated tracts of land in Central and Southern Punjab and Balochistan. The floods that have killed around 1600 people, displaced over 13.8 million and destroyed an estimated 0.7 million homes, are the worst since 1927 the region had experienced. The prime minister who is personally monitoring the overall flood situation, the rescue and relief efforts had been making frequent visits to assess the extent of damage and to take urgent remedial measures to meet the challenge. The surveillance camera captured in detail the horrific destruction from a height of around 16000 feet. Village after village could be seen still in deep water, with roads and rail lines cut off at several places. Prime Minister Gilani landed at the Jacobabad airport and enquired about the immediate needs and extent of damage caused by the floods from the people and their representatives in the national and provincial assemblies. Gilani assured that the government had mobilised all resources to provide relief to the millions and said that with the help of the people of Pakistan, countrys armed forces, local and international aid agencies the difficult situation would be tackled. Gilani said the people of Pakistan have the resilience to overcome any challenge.


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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 12, 2010
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