Floods affected over 11,000 villages in Sindh
BY: YASIR BABBAR
The recent heavy rains/floods have badly affected more than 11,000 small and big villages in 12 districts of Sindh and people of the affected areas are facing worst times in relief camps, Business Recorder learnt on Thursday. Sindh Relief department in its reports regarding the losses of recent rains/flood said that the heavy spell of late-monsoon rains that started from September 9, 2012, broke 25 years’ record of heavy downpour in six districts of the province.
This rains/flood affected almost 19 districts including Khairpur Mir’s, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Jacobabad, Kashmore-Kandhkot, Shahdadkot-Qambar, Dadu, Naushehroferoze, Benazirabad, Matiari, Thatta, TandoAllahyar, Hyderabad, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar and Umerkot. However, 11,7,25 small and big villages in 12 districts including Khairpur Mir’s, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore-Kandhkot, Shahdadkot-Qambar, Dadu, Benazirabad, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Umerkot and Larkana were badly affected.
According to the report, 211 villages have been affected only in district Jacobabad, 2765 villages in Shikarpur, 205 small and big villages in Larkana, 1827 villages in Kashmore-Kandhkot, 1747 villages in district Qambar-Shahdadkot and 3268 villages in district Ghotki.
Heavy rains badly affected 14,48 villages of district Khairpur Mir’s, 44 villages of district Benazirabad, 19 villages of Dadu, 57 villages of Hyderabad, 39 big and small villages of Sanghar and 93 villages in district Umerkot. The report further states that more than 0.2 million houses have been damaged (fully/partially) in these villages and town of some other districts as well.
In this connection, Advisor to Chief Minister for Relief Haleem Adil Shaikh told Business Recorder that he was in touch with all higher authorities of the provincial and federal government so that special efforts could be made for rehabilitation of the affected people.
He said that the relief department was playing active role in helping out million of rain-affected people. He said that the federal government was also taking keen interest in rehabilitation of the rain-affected families and areas and the task would be completed with the help of federal government.