BADIN: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Monday said over 200,000 people have been affected in flood-hit areas in interior Sindh.
The NDMA made this statement during a briefing to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on his visit to the affected areas.
The authority says a hundred villages have been flooded in Badin after a breach in a major salinity drain widened further to 200 feet.
Villages and crops have been flooded in Pangrio while a grid station has also been inundated.
A large number of people have been marooned at dry spots in Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan and Mirpur Khas after being surrounded by flood waters.
Express 24/7 correspondent Ahmed Jung reported that locals have gathered to help displaced villagers, but no camps have been set up yet.
The NDMA told the prime minister that thousands of people have been rescued by the Pakistan Army and Navy.
President Asif Zardari has sought a report from provincial authorities on flood relief work.
During his visit, Gilani directed the NDMA to provide tents, food, medicines and all other facilities to the displaced at the relief camps set up at different locations. He said 15,000 tents would be provided in the first phase to provide shelter to the people.
Gilani also directed NADRA to provide Watan cards for the displaced people so as to help them meet their financial needs. He asked Ms Farzana Raja, Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) also to provide relief to the people under the programme.
The Prime Minister who also distributed relief goods amongst the flood-affected people said the government, working under the vision of Benazir Bhutto, would ensure swift relief for the masses.
Gilani said he had seen the damages caused by the heavy rains and assured that the Federal Government was taking necessary measures to ensure that basic facilities are provided and their sufferings are mitigated.
He said the flood-affected areas had been declared disaster hit areas and the Zarai Taraqiati Bank had also been asked to provide loans to the farming community.
The Prime Minister said the damage-need assessment would be conducted in the area and the government would compensate the people on the damages to their property, livestock and farms.
Flood threat in Kasur
The District administration in Kasur issued a warning of a low-level flood after the water level in the Sutlej river rose following heavy rains in the adjoining areas.
Sources say flash floods of up to 50,000-70,000 cusecs will pass through Kasur.
DCO Kasur Irshad Hussain Shah issued directions to vacate the low lying areas of Sutlej. Relief camps have been set up in Kasur, Bakarkay and Kanganpur. The Army and the Rangers have also been contacted to deal with the situation.
The MET office predicted another spell of heavy rain with thunder showers in most areas of Kashmir and Upper Punjab in the next 24 hours.
Scattered rain showers are also expected in few parts of Punjab, Lower Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Moreover, rain continues to pour in most parts of punjab including Lahore, Okara, Sargodha and Faisalabad.
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Assalam-o-Alaikum. I want to know about any proper organization which is working in order to help those in need. Plus i want to know if I can join in and speed up the process in collecting donations from around myself. I started collecting on my own but people show reluctance in donating, they fear it would not reach the flood affected people as it happened in the 2006 calamity. Please Guide me! Thank You!
I want a platform for which I can collect the donations and submit. I started collecting on my own but people are reluctant to give away their money because they fear it wouldn't reach the people in need, as it happened in the 2006 calamity. Please help me out!
@Born Again Pakistani: Well i don't think its funny, as people's actual lives are being destroyed, and no doubt the aid collectors will be once more fielding in UK high streets with their buckets for more Donations !!!!
@Hedgefunder: What is going on? Since last year the prosperity in effected areas has doubled.
US must have used its laser to melt the ice to create this. They want to scuttle the progress we were making in rural sindh. Their lives had improved dramatically since Benazir Income Support Programme was put in place. But US cannot succeed in undermining our gains. We will rise again and will be successful. Stay away from us.. we dont need any help or support we have competent people who will come forward to help.
No lessons learned from last year's Disaster yet!!! What is going on in this country???
I think US should pay for this mayhem they have caused.
Now a days Satellite communication play a major role in disaster management communication. Communication facilities can be set up for rescue and relief operation.*
May Allah help us from this flood. I hope no lives are lost & the Govt should immediately create flood relief camps. We should ask for Aid and Help from China this time. Definitely not from US. Atleast 1 to 2 billion dollars would do for the flood relief. The Govt must ensure all canals are in good shape in the downstream area. Military must be called in to help the people
Watan Card interest free loan,installation of water plant, and distribution of Tents are very good technique to improve the electoral prospect of Party ,but they are not mitigating measures.Since it is OK for the leaders to find people displaced from floods and then come to rescue them like hero, they will never think about effective risk reduction methods buecase Risk reduction is a long term process and without political divedends. and regaridng NDMA--------If Army and Navy is doing all the work,what on earth is this Elephant doing in the waiting room?????
@goggi: That is one thing that came to my mind soon I saw the moving image, which you expressed well. poignantly. But, who cares?
from time immemorial on the run, the same men with their knee long dhotis, the same women, girls and children following them, the same desperation, the same fears............what has changed for these people? ONLY IMPOSED NAMES AND DESIGNATIONS!
Caught un-prepared once again.When will the Government learn?
This time around,the NGOs may not be so forthcoming especially after looking at the Presidential awards announced on 14th august