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Govt imposes emergency in rain, flood affected areas

"The development work in the country needs to be adapted to the climate change priorities to avoid the damages caused by floods and rains in the future"

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Islamabad: On the instructions of the Prime Minister, the Federal government has imposed an emergency in the rain and flood-affected areas for resolving their problems.

According to Prime Minister Office, for this purpose Prime Minister has directed the Finance Ministry to release five billion rupees to NDMA immediately.

The Prime Minister constituted a high-level committee between NDMA and Provincial Disaster Management Authorities to carry out rescue and relief work effectively.

The committee consists of Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Communications Maulana Asad Mehmood, Minister for Housing and Works Maulana Abdul Wasi, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chairman NDMA and Secretary Communications.

The Prime Minister directed that the committee should hold its meeting today and submit its suggestions to improve coordination between federal and provincial institutions.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the provincial governments should send reports based on authentic information to the federal government so that the damage caused by floods and rains can be estimated as soon as possible.

The Prime Minister stressed that the development work in the country needs to be adapted to the climate change priorities to avoid the damages caused by floods and rains in the future.

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Chinese and Taiwan navy ships stay close to Strait median line: Source

Several Chinese navy ships continued to conduct missions off Taiwan's eastern coast as of Wednesday morning, the source said.

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Taipei: About 20 Chinese navy and Taiwan navy ships continued to stay close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait as of Wednesday morning, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. 

Several Chinese navy ships continued to conduct missions off Taiwan's eastern coast as of Wednesday morning, the source said.

SOURCE: REUTERS 

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Coward terror attacks will not weaken nation’s resolve against militancy: President 

He expressed his deep sympathies with the families of the martyrs. 

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Islamabad: President Dr. Arif Alvi on Tuesday condemned the suicide attack on an army convoy in North Waziristan and expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over martyrdom of four soldiers. 

The president said such coward attacks would not weaken the nation’s resolve to rid the country from menace of terrorism and all of its manifestations.

He paid rich tribute to the martyred soldiers for rendering ultimate sacrifice while defending their motherland against enemies of the country in the holy month of Muharram Al haram.

He expressed his deep sympathies with the families of the martyrs. 

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Torrential rain lessens in South Korean capital amid heavy flood damage

Subway stations and several roads there had been blocked.

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Torrential rain lessens in South Korean capital amid heavy flood damage

Seoul: Torrential rains that have slammed South Korea's capital, Seoul, diminished on Wednesday after killing at least nine people and damaging about 2,800 homes and other buildings.

More rain was forecast for Wednesday, but less than the heavy downpours on Monday and Tuesday that submerged some streets and buildings, trapping people in flooded apartments and stranding cars. 

At least five people had been killed in Seoul as of early Wednesday, as well as three in the neighbouring Gyeonggi Province and one in Gangwon Province, according to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters.

At least 17 people have been injured, and seven are missing.

Flooding in some buildings around the glitzy Gangnam district continued on Tuesday, while subway stations and several roads there had been blocked.

Data showed at least 2,800 public and private facilities had been damaged across South Korea, and more than 1,100 households had been displaced. Most highways and subway lines had been cleared by Wednesday.

The accumulated rainfall in Seoul since midnight Monday stood at 525mm as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), with more forecast. In neighbouring Yangpyeong County, total rainfall hit 532.5 mm.

The KMA expects rain to continue in most parts of the country, with especially heavier rain in Chungcheong Province. The agency predicted that rainfall would gradually subside in many parts of the greater Seoul area and Gangwon Province.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will preside over a meeting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to discuss damage and countermeasures against flooding. Separately, the government and the ruling People Power Party are expected to hold an emergency meeting to discuss fiscal support for damage recovery.

SOURCE: Reuters

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