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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 […]

Prime Minister announces Rs 2 billion for Sindh rain, flood victims

SUKKUR: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Sunday announced a relief package of Rs2 billion rupees for the rain and flood victims of Sindh. He took an aerial visit of the rain and flood-hit areas, including Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Kashmore and Kandhkot. On the occasion, the prime minister issued orders for the release of Rs710 […]

Only 10% of Karachi’s industries follow environment standards

KARACHI: Only 10 per cent of the industries in Karachi follow environmental standards while just three per cent in Pakistan meet international waste treatment protocols. These figures were shared by environment experts and industrialists at a seminar on “Awareness of Environmental Laws and Legislation” organised on Friday by the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce […]

Flood havoc in Balochistan 600,000 marooned in two districts

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad has said that floods triggered by torrential rains have marooned almost 600,000 people in Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts. The floods have caused at least 22 deaths, destroyed crops on 24,866 acres and swept away about 4,000 houses. Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Sibi, Jhal Magsi and Kachi are the worst […]

Floods 2012: Millions rendered homeless in Balochistan, Sindh

By: Zahid Gishkori ISLAMABAD: Flash floods triggered by torrential rains have rendered around one million people in Balochistan homeless over the past week, without any relief in sight. An aerial view of the worst-affected districts of the province presents a gloomy picture of urban and rural areas in the province, which have been submerged four […]

Floods affect 12 districts in Balochistan

QUETTA: Special Flood Relief Focal Person Akbar Hussain Durrani on Friday said the recent heavy rains and floods have affected 12 districts of Balochistan. Addressing a press conference with by Balochistan Home Secretary Naseebullah Bazai and Balochistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Director General Tahir Muneer Minhas, Durrani said Loralai, Kachhi, Qila Saifullah, Zhob, Harnai, […]

How development affects environment

ISLAMABAD: The workshop was conducted by Prof Dr Thomas Fischer, an expert in Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and EIA from the University of Liverpool. To improve the understanding of environmental impact of development, there is a need to upgrade the curricula for environmental impact assessment (EIA). Environmentalists made this suggestion at a workshop titled “Improvement […]

Sindh, Balochistan hit much worse than Punjab

By: Zahid Gishkori NASIRABAD / JACOBABAD: While the recent monsoon rains wreaked widespread havoc in Punjab, the situation in Sindh and Balochistan paints an even more dismal picture. The second day of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)-arranged trip to the flood-affected areas for select journalists, government officials and UN representatives, took the group to […]

Sindh High Court summons environment secy

Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday summoned the environment and alternate energy secretary on a petition against the non-appointment of successful candidates in the department. The court was hearing the petition of Hammad Ahmed Khan and other 35 others who challenged their non-appointment in different posts of the department. The DG Environment Protection […]

Disaster management hoax

By: IFTIKHAR MIRZA Islamabad: The late arrival of monsoon rains in KPK and Punjab has brought disaster to the poor once again despite promises from the government that very strict plans had been formulated to face the monsoon rains this year. The minister for Climate Change, Rana Farooq is requesting people to pray. Is that […]

42 killed as floods continue to lash Balochistan

By: Safiullah QUETTA: Around 42 people have lost their lives and 300,000 others have been injured so far in the massive floods that have hit Naseerabad and Jafferabad districts, according to unofficial reports. Two children died and 10 others were wounded, including women and children, in Sibbi when roofs of their houses caved in on […]

Chief Minister chides National Disaster Management Authority for inaction

SUKKUR: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has strongly criticised the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for being inattentive during the time the recent heavy rains battered the country killing hundreds of people, and noted that the toll it had provided was absolutely erroneous. NDMA must not mislead the government and the nation, he […]

Environmental Protection Department asked to address bus project violations

By: Sonia Malik LAHORE: A complaint has been filed with the Environmental Protection Department citing violations of the Punjab Environmental Protection Act of 2012 by the government in the construction of the Bus Rapid Transit System project. The complaint was filed to EPD Director General Maqsood Lak by Akhtar Awan, an environmental lawyer who runs […]

Floods: coalition seeks judicial inquiry

LAHORE: The PML-Q and the PPP have held the PML-N government responsible for not taking measures to save the people of south Punjab from flood and demanded a judicial inquiry into the matter. PML-Q Punjab Secretary-General Chaudhry Zaheeruddin said inefficient rulers of Punjab had once again ‘drowned’ poor people of Dera Ghazi Khan, Taunsa and […]