136 people died, 45961 cattle perished; 1094150 acres standing crops completely damaged, 77343 houses damaged completely, 137,178 houses damaged partially
CM Murad briefs groups of foreign diplomats who said they were unaware of devastation, as nobody apprised them; UNICEF officials said they would visit devastated areas of Sindh
Karachi: Over 2.3 million people have been rendered homeless as a large number of houses collapsed while 136 people died and 45961 cattle perished during recent torrential rains in different parts of Sindh.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah apprised the diplomats of different countries about the destruction caused by heavy rainfall in the province in a meeting held on Saturday at CM House.
Mr. Robber Silberstein of USA, Mr. Buram Avari of Canada, Mr. Li Bijian of China accompanied by Zhang Hao and Zhang Lin, Mr. Ashida Katsunari of Japan, Dr. Salem Al Khaddein Al Dhanahi of UAE, Mr. Didier Talpain of Fran, Mr. Mike Nithavrianakis of UK and others attended the meeting. The provincial government was represented by Education Minister Saeed Ghani, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah and SMBR Qazi Shahid Parvez.
The Chief Minister through a presentation on the multimedia said that overall rainfall of August 2020 flooded nine districts badly. “Mirpurkhas is flooded by 27.28 percent, Badin 13.2 percent, Umerkot 12.25 percent, Tando Allahyar 5.93 percent, Sanghar 5.79 percent, Tando Mohammad Khan 1.65 percent, Hyderabad 0.14 percent, Matiari 0.64 percent and Tharparkar 0.31 percent,” he said.
Murad Ali Shah said that keeping in view the gravity of the situation, his government has declared 20 districts of four divisions as calamity-hit areas. They include Karachi Division, South, West, East, Central, Korangi and Malir. Hyderabad division: Hyderabad, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Jamshoro, T.M Khan, Tando Allahyar, Matiari and Dadu. Mirpurkhas Division: Mirpurkhas, Umerkot and Tharparkar. Shaheed Benazirabad Division: Shaheed Benazirabad and Sanghar.
Sharing losses, damages and relief measures by his government, the CM said that 136 people died, including 64 in Karachi, 86 persons sustained injuries, 2488616 people have been affected, 1094150 acres standing crops completely damaged, 77343 houses damaged completely, 137,178 houses damaged partially, 45961 cattle died. “We have set up 196 relief camps where 54778 tents have been set up. Some 23629 persons have been shifted in tents, 73081 ration bags, 102200 mosquito nets, 2680 Jerry cans, 5000 water bottles, 930 water filters and 3780 Tarpaulin sheets have been distributed,” he said.
Talking about the demand and supply gap, he said that against a demand of 122,100 tents the provincial government has provided only 41135. Similarly, against a demand of 279,000 ration bags 24150 have been provided. Some 79,000 mosquito nets are required but the government has supplied only 43,500. Some 11500 kitchen kits are required but only 2200 could have been supplied so far. Similarly, there are only about 479 dewatering machines, which are short of requirement.
Murad Ali Shah said that his government not only wanted to cover the gap between requirement and supply but international agencies should come over to support the provincial government to rehabilitate the affected people and reconstruct damaged infrastructure.
The diplomats said that they were totally unaware of the situation. They pointed out that nobody has apprised them about such a vast destruction caused by heavy downpour. They assured the chief minister that they would use their good offices to support the provincial government to provide relief to the affected people and rehabilitate them.
The chief minister in another meeting with a delegation of UNICEF and World Food Program (WFP) led by Ms. Cristina apprised them about the situation. They told the chief minister that they would personally visit the affected areas to provide food and supplements.
They also said that they would launch anti-polio drives in the rain affected areas of Karachi and other districts of the province.
The chief minister said that he would direct all the concerned deputy commissioners to provide data to the UNICEF and WFP representatives so that proper support could be planned and extended by them. (PR)