2,000 villages in Khairpur inundated
By: Imtiaz Hussain
KHAIRPUR: Two thousand villages in the district have been inundated because of the havoc played by the recent rains and one million people have been affected.
Cotton and other crops spread over 3,000 acres of land have been destroyed. Thirty persons have lost their lives and 300 others injured because of collapse of houses during the rain. Four Tehsils of the Khairpur district —Kingree, Kot Digi, Nara and Khairpur — have been recommended for being declared as calamity-hit areas.
On the other hand, the canals and nullahs in Dera Ghazi Khan were overflowing due to torrential rains. Quetta Road has been submerged because of flood water which was gushing to Shahwali after playing havoc in D G Khan, Rajanpure, Jampure, Rojhan and Gharibabad.
In Jacobabad, 28 Union Councils are under water. NNI adds: The Flood is feared to submerge Jacobabad due to 50 feet to 100 feet breaches in Noorwah canal at Tel and Sem Branch canal respectively.
Flood waters are fast approaching the city and the land link with Balochistan is being severed. Evacuation of people has begun from Shahbaz Air Base and aircraft are ready to fly away.
Meanwhile flood has wreaked havoc and caused immense destruction in Kashmore, Shikarpur, Tangoni and other cities and areas forcing the people to take refuge along the Indus Highway.There is dearth of food and potable water and people are forced to sleep in open as they have become easy prey to diseases.
Meanwhile, the flood affected people staged protest rallies in Kandhkot. They blocked the National Highway by burning tyres.DCO Shikarpur says that flood is hindering aid works. The situation is the same in Balochistan. The flood-hit people are forced to drink dirty water. Eleven more bodies including that of a child who were carried away by flood have been recovered from Dera Murad Jamali during 24 hours.
In Jafferabad, three more breaches were made to help lessen the ferocity of the flow of 70,000 cusecs of water after which land link with Sindh is severed.In Punjab, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rojhan still remain submerged in flash flood. A village in the vicinity of Choti Zereen was drowned by the flash flood gushing from Suleman Mountain. Lives and well being of people are endangered by epidemic. Khawaja Ghareeb Nawaz Trust is busy in aid activities in affected areas particularly in D G Khan where it is distributing food to hundreds of families.