PM announces Rs1 billion for flood-hit victims in Sindh

Pledges to personally monitor situation and estimate damages


Abdul Manan/hafeez Tunio August 04, 2015
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif distributes relief goods among flood victims of Ghotki on August 4, 2015. PHOTO: PID

SUKKUR: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday announced Rs1 billion relief package from the federal government for the rehabilitation of flood-affected areas of Sindh.

Nawaz, who was on the visit to flood-hit areas of the province, while addressing in Gothki said the grant from the federal government was the right of the victims.

“I truly understand the pain and damages suffered by those affected and will personally monitor the situation and takes measures to mitigate them,” he said.

The prime minister visited Qadirpur dyke in Ghotki District and took an aerial view of the flood affected areas. He was briefed about relief activities by the chief minister, irrigation officials as well as Sindh chief secretary.

Upon his arrival, the premier was received by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

Read: Floodwater swamps Sindh’s Katcha areas

Flood situation in Sindh

With the rising level of water in the River Indus, almost all the Katcha area between the Guddu Barrage and Sukkur Barrage and 50 per cent Katcha areas between Sukkur barrage and Kotri barrage have come under floodwater.

People move from flood affected area of Kacha in Sindh. PHOTO: APP

As many as 83 villages in the Katcha areas in three talukas of Jamshoro have been submerged. The villages – including 28 in the barrage’s upstream taluka of Sehwan, 25 in Manjhand taluka and another 30 in the downstream Kotri taluka – have an estimated population of 9,820 people.

Read: Tenacious disaster: 300,000 families displaced in Chitral

Of the over 150,000 people inhabiting these Katcha areas, over 50,000 have been shifted to relief camps, established at various protective bunds. There is, however, a constant complaint about lack of amenities at the camps.

The rising water level at Sindh’s barrages is putting great pressure on the protective bunds, especially the Machko bund near Ubauro, Shank bund near Ghotki, Ulra Jagir bund near Pir Jo Goth, Moria bund near Naudero and Akil Agani bund near Larkana.

Meanwhile, army personnel have been deployed at the Khairpur-Larkana bridge as the structure is under tremendous pressure. The army is also engaged in efforts to fortify the Shank, Moria and Akil Agani bunds.

Reports from Larkana suggest that the gushing waters of the mighty Indus are also putting pressure on Moria bund, where the army has been deployed as the bund is declared vulnerable.

COMMENTS (1)

Waseem Ch | 6 years ago | Reply The PPP which opposes the creation of Kalabagh dam should be charged with the death of each Sindhi person who dies due to floods. There can be no excuse for letting the poor Sindhis suffer each year from floods
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