HRCP team visits flood-hit areas -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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HRCP team visits flood-hit areas

DADU: Children are the hardest-hit in post-flood situation as their educational process is totally suspended and they are also facing the threat of waterborne diseases, all because of the delay in beginning rehabilitation work.

These observations were made by the three-member delegation of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Thursday while visiting Khairpur Nathan Shah and relief camps established in the town. The team members comprising Ms Hina Jilani, Hussain Naqi and Dr Ashothama monitored the relief work being carried out by the government, the UN and the NGOs.

Flood affected people complained to them about the non-provision of basic facilities, including health, education and clean drinking water and delay in rehabilitation work.

Ms Jilani talking to journalists said that the infrastructure in flood-hit areas has been destroyed and the aim of their visit was to know the condition of people.

Though people have begun returning to Khairpur Nathan Shah town but the education process was still stalled as the district administration and the Education Department were too, occupied to think of opening the schools.

The spread of waterborne diseases, especially among children was the biggest threat looming large she said adding that those returning to their abodes were worried about the provision of clean water and official health facilities.

Dr Ashothama said that although people have returned to their native towns but those of Jamshoro, Kotri, Sehwan and Kakar towns were still living in tent cities. He too, stressed on paying more attention towards the health of the children.

The prolonged endurance by flood-hit people was turning them into patients of depression, he said adding that his team had visited relief camps in Jamshoro and Sehwan and plans visiting areas up to Sukkur. The team would put forward their recommendations after undertaking the entire tour, he said.
Source: Dawn
Date:11/5/2010