Sindh communication system badly hit by rains, floods
KARACHI (August 12 2007): Due to recent downpours and floods, communication systems in Sindh have been badly affected wrecking Rs 20 billion losses. Higher officials of Sindh Works & Services department told Business Recorder here on Saturday that since June 23.
The Sindh government had suffered Rs 20 billion losses in terms of roads and other communication systems in rain-ravaged areas. According to them, coastal areas of the province, particularly Thatta and Badin districts, are the most affected. Karachi, Dadu, Shahdadkot, Kambar, Jacobabad, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Tharparkar and Mirpurkhas were also hit by rains and floods, they added.
It is pertinent to mention that the Sindh government has claimed that around 127 died including 91 in Karachi alone in rains and its related incidents from June 23 and August 9.
For execution of relief operation in rain-hit areas, the Sindh government released funds of Rs 95.50 million to District Co-ordination Officers (DCOs) of the districts concerned. As per details, Rs 57.50 million was released for early rehabilitation activities in Karachi, Dadu and Shahdadkot districts, Rs 20 million for Kambar Shahdadkot district, Rs 1 million each for Hyderabad, Jacobabad, Shikarpur districts, Rs 0.5 million for Thatta, Badin, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas districts and Rs 2 million for Larkana district.
However, when asked about the district wise detail of damages to road and communication network, they said that detailed report was being compiled relating to the damage across the province.
Coastal highway suffered most during the floods and had to be closed down as the highway was washed away by the power waves of ocean. Thatta and Badin districts remained cut off for about a week from the other parts of the province except the air communication after damage to the highway.
Source: Business Rcorder