Tribune Take: No blankets for Sindh's flood victims

Published: November 22, 2011

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we take you to Badin, in Sindh, where victims of this year’s devastating floods lay on roadsides waiting helplessly as winter approaches. 

Saba Imtiaz, reporter the Express Tribune, discusses the issue of finding a viable livelihood for the people left homeless after the rains. Imtiaz says many farmers have turned to alternate sources of income such as fishing and brick laying to survive. Despite all their efforts however, disaster is looming in the form of the upcoming winter.

With large amounts of stagnant water in the region, winter may be much harsher for the occupants of various relief camps. Most of the camps are equipped with tents designed for hot summer months leaving flood affectees exposed and helpless as so far supplies of blankets number as low as one blanket for two to three families.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Nov 22, 2011 - 10:06PM

    There is no need to worry in this case, In Pakistan Priorities are different from rest of the world. If thousands are in despair in Sindh , So What? They should get what they deserve and they are getting it from the hands of those who were elected by them.

    The behaviour of Politicians of Pakistan is showing it Loud and clear that If Poor people die in Pakistan it makes no difference. What makes difference is that We Remain in Government and do the looting and set new records of corruption both in Punjab and in Federation.

    I am not sure but i hope that the victims of flood would have learnd their lesson.


  • Vajdaan Shah
    Nov 23, 2011 - 6:23AM

    And here we were, celebrating our cultural day while our brothers and sisters are still suffering in these remote areas. Sad!


  • MarkH
    Nov 23, 2011 - 9:49AM

    Regardless of their reason for not helping, I can’t understand how the government has remained completely silent for so long. Not even an excuse (even if it’s a poor one) or a sign they even remember the existence of the problem in their neglected peripheral.
    Those people are their responsibility. That’s why the government exists and people are elected. Their very purpose is to deal with the problems of the people.

    What’s odd is also that even competition doesn’t reference those people when it would be a huge opportunity for a positive image boost in contrast to the competition’s lack of caring about the people they want to vote for them.
    Then again I can’t remember the last time much of anything coming out of Pakistan made a whole lot of sense.


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