Rainfall claims 22 lives in Hyderabad, interior Sindh

President directs CM Sindh to personally monitor flood situation.

Express September 03, 2011

KARACHI: Twenty-two people were killed as a result of roof collapse and drowning incidents due to  rainfall in Hyderabad and interior Sindh, Express 24/7 reported on Saturday.

Four people, including three chidren died in Benazirabad district last night. Low lying areas were submerged in water, with road links severed and transport services shut.

Badin received light rain in the morning, which led to more than ten villages being inundated after a breach of 70 feet took place at the Goni Phalili link drain near L-2.

The local administration has set up 96 camps, but tens of thousands of flood victims are still facing food shortage.

The district administration has also informed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) about its failure to provide 10,000 tents and flood aid to the victims.

President directs CM Sindh to personally monitor flood situation

President Asif Ali Zardari has taken notice of the destruction caused by severe weather in the province and has directed Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah to personally monitor the flood situation.

Zardari, while in Tajikistan, was briefed on the overall flood situation by CM Sindh. He instructed Shah to utilize all required resources to aid the flood victims.

The president also ordered Shah to send provincial ministers to the affected areas to conduct relief activities.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has ordered the government to immediately conduct relief activities in the area.

More rain expected in the next 24 hours

The metrological office has predicted more rainfall in Sindh, south Punjab and eastern Balochistan in the next 24 hours and has issued a warning that it might cause flooding in these areas.

Scattered rains with thunderstorms are forecast for upper Punjab, upper Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

The met office has issued a warning that the rainfall might cause flooding in Sindh, eastern Balochistan

Scattered shower with thunderstorms are forecast for upper Punjab, upper Khyber-Pakhtun Khawa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.