20 districts of Sindh declared calamity-affected after rains wreaked havoc

Deputy commissioners have been directed to immediately assess specific losses, reads notification

NEWS DESK August 29, 2020
At least 80 people including 47 killed in Karachi in rain related incidents. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

The Sindh government has declared 20 districts to be calamity-affected following record-breaking monsoon rains in the province which killed at least 80 people including 47 in Karachi.

"#SindhGovt has declared 20 districts of Sindh to be calamity affected under the Sindh Calamities Act of 1958," the provincial government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab said in a tweet on Saturday.

"The Deputy Commissioners of the districts which have been declared calamity affected shall immediately assess specific losses and move for compensation," read the notification issued by the provincial relief department.

On Friday, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah while acknowledging the heavy losses to life and property across the province said they would be compensated accordingly.

Announcing the fatalities at a press conference, he said incidents of drowning, electrocution and roof collapses caused the deaths of 47 people in Karachi, while in Hyderabad lightning and drowning led to the deaths of 10 people, five persons died in a roof collapse in Shaheed Benazirabad, lightning and wall collapse resulted in the deaths of 11 people in Mirpurkhas, one person was killed after being struck by lightning in Sukkur, and six persons were electrocuted to death in Larkana.


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