SUKKUR: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will fund the Sindh Cities Improvement Project, announced Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.
The CM met with the Khairpur district government and North Sindh Urban Services Corporation (NSUSC) officials at Circuit House on Wednesday.
The NSUSC advisor told Shah that the corporation bought new machinery worth Rs40 million. The rains caused losses of Rs457 billion in 21 districts of Sindh’s 23 districts – Rs13 billion more than last year, said the chief minister.
The CM said that Rs4 billion have been earmarked for the provision of agricultural goods for affected growers to help them with their Rabi crop. He directed the NSUSC to improve the sewerage, drainage and water supply to the areas and announced that the ADB provided the provincial government with funds.
Meanwhile, the Khairpur DCO briefed the CM about rain damages, saying that 927,953 people of the district have been affected by rains, 388,638 acres of agricultural land, 274,233 acres of standing crops, 34,676 houses, 276 schools, and 511 kilometres of road were damaged in the district alone. He said 133 draining machines are operating day and night and 44 medical camps have been established.
Separately, in Tharparkar, the people in two union councils of the Deeplo tehsil have resorted to travelling primarily by boat despite 20 days having passed since the last rainfall.
Chhan Farm village, Ghulam Muhammad Rahmoon, Jan Muhammad Ahmedani, Haroon Ahmedani, Muhammad Rahim Loond, Ghani Soomro and many other villages of the Kaloi and Bhittaro union councils are still inundated.
The villagers have complained that the breaches in saline water drains have not been plugged by the irrigation department and the water is still gushing out, submerging agricultural land. WIRES
Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2011.