KARACHI, AUGUST 25, 2010: Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has scaled up its relief efforts to provide timely assistance to flood victims.

Following the PPL Board’s approval to earmark Rs. 100 million for flood relief on August 16, needs assessments were carried out by the company to meet emergency requirements. Besides donating Rs. 20 million and one day’s salary of all management staff to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, PPL has dispatched 23 consignments, comprising some 10,000 dry food packages and about 300 tents, to Quetta, Kandhkot, Sibi, Barkhan, Sui, Chachar and Shahdadkot. Additional consignments for Karampur, Jaffarabad and Mazarani are also ready to be sent as soon as road travel becomes possible.

PPL has also set up free medical camps and is operating mobile ambulances to deliver free medical supplies among flood-hit local communities in Kandhkot District. Teams of PPL doctors assisted by paramedic staff and volunteers have so far treated over 2,500 patients living around the Kandhkot Bypass Road, Indus Highway and Haibat Bridge areas, Sheralabad KK Bund, Tori Bund and Ghora Goth Bund.

MD and CEO Khalid Rahman and other senior officers of the company visited flood-affected areas to ensure speedy medical attention and distribution of relief goods among affectees.

The company is closely monitoring the evolving crisis and liaising with relevant authorities for need identification and prompt action. Moving forward, the company is geared up for rehabilitation activities in the second phase of its flood assistance programme.