With floods having wreaked havoc on standing crops across the country and farmers still counting their losses from the devastation, former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday predicted a "bumper crop" next season due to increase in fertility of the affected land.
"Currently, all the places are submerged in water, but when this water will recede, the biggest advantage would be that farmers will have a bumper crop when they cultivate their wheat in this fertile land," he said while talking to the media during his visit to Rojhan.
عمران خان کی طرف سے سیلاب متاثرین کو خوش خبری۔۔ آپ کو سیلاب کا بہت فائدہ ہوگا اگلے سال گندم کی فصل میں۔۔
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During his visit, the former premier was briefed on the relief efforts. Imran said the floods have caused devastation across the country. "All need to work together including the members of provincial and national assembly, government and me to help flood victims," he added.
He urged the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to collect data on how much damage was caused by the floods as it will be helpful in the rehabilitation process.
"Thousands of acres of land is currently submerged in water. I will discuss the issue of further assistance to the flood victims. Flood is a big challenge for us, but we will overcome it together," he added.
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Imran Khan directed authorities to provide mosquito nets to people in the flood-hit areas. "I urge the representatives to go to flood-affected areas as they need your help," he added.
The former prime minister said that the country needed more dams to prevent such disasters, adding that Pakistan needed at least two more big dams. He asked the party workers presented on the occasion not to raise political slogans as it was not a rally.
“These are really testing times for people. We, the members of the provincial and national assembly, the government and I, should all help the flood victims,” he further said.