KARACHI: The recent spell of monsoon rains in Sindh has killed 85 people. The provincial government has announced monetary compensation to provide relief to the flood-hit people, Express 24/7 reported on Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said the provincial government has earmarked Rs5 billion for rescue and relief efforts in the rain-affected areas.
He said Rs20,000 each will be given to flood-hit families through Watan Cards.
Memon said Tharpakar, Badin and Wazirabad are among the worst-hit areas.
He said special committees comprising Senators, Treasury and opposition members have been formed to oversee the relief operation.
He said the ongoing torrential rains have affected 27 tehsils, more than 9,000 villages, 2.5 million acres of land and more than two million people.
More than 0.5 million houses have been damaged due to flash floods and downpours.
Flood victims steal aid items
Flood affectees in the Badin district resorted to looting aid packs from trucks after the local administration halted their distribution.
Disaster management efforts sprung into action, with aid items including food being distributed in the Mukhtayaar kar office in Badin.
The unruly and impatient crowd initiated a scuffle over aid items and started snatching things at which the administration halted the distribution of aid.
People, who were already charged and angry, took the matters into their own hands and looted food items from the aid trucks.
The police came for assistance and baton charged the crowd, injuring four people including a woman.