Sukkur: A total of 58 people have been lost their lives and 92 others injured in Sindh’s Sukkur division owing to heavy rainfall and floods in the province.
The most deaths were reported in the Khairpur district of the Sukkur division. A total of 47 people have been reported dead in Khairpur district, the report said.
At least 25 people have died in Sindh besides deaths in Sukkur and Khairpur in the last 24 hours as a result of roof collapses, electrocution and drowning, adding that rescue workers, backed by army troops and air force choppers, are struggling to reach the stranded.
The incessant rainfall and floods have damaged over 5,000 houses, while 805 homes were completely demolished.
The Sindh government has declared 23 districts of Sindh including Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Dadu calamity-hit where the torrential rains played havoc causing heavy loss of human life, livestock and standing Kharif crops besides destroying thousands of mud-thatched houses, roads and bridges.
According to a notification issued by the provincial relief commissioner Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, Dadu, Sujawal, Tando Allahyar, Jamshoro, Matiari, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushahro Feroze, Sanghar, Sukkur, Khairpur, Ghotki, Larkana, Kashmore, Kandhkot, Shikarpur, Qamber Shahdadkot and Jacobabad have been declared calamity-hit districts.
However, in Karachi, two dehs of Malir, including deh UC Kun Jhang and two dehs of Gadap, were declared calamity-hit.
The devastating rain spells, which had started on previous Tuesday, led to losses of life, property, livestock and standing crops in the districts of six divisions — Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Karachi.
The road network and civic infrastructure were badly damaged in districts Sukkur, Khairpur, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Kashmore-Kandhkot and other districts.
Health Ministry To Provide Medicines To Rain and Flood Hit Areas
Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Abdul Qadir Patel on Tuesday said that the necessary medicines valuing over Rs 15 million, and other relief items including 0.6 million medicated mosquito nets were being dispatched to flood hit areas of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab within the next few days.
He said his ministry was making extraneous efforts to help flood hit people in distress.
He said anti-venom serum was ready for immediate delivery to any flooded areas that might be in need. He said a donor conference had also been arranged on Wednesday for helping flood hit people as the government did not have enough resources to rehabilitate the destroyed infrastructure. He said Lasbela district was among the worst hit areas as its infrastructure had completely been destroyed.
He said the federal government would serve the flood hit people without any discrimination.
He also added that he would visit Thatta this week for distributing relief items among the flood hit people.
He said the Health ministry had appointed two coordinators to have liaison and promptly convey the needs of flood hit people of Balochistan and Sindh.
Pakistan Navy rescue, relief operation continues
The Pakistan Navy wide scale Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) operations continue in far-flung rural areas of Sindh including Sujawal, Jati, Said Pur, Sahto Goth, Lothio Goth, Jamali Goth, Mallah Goth, Panhwar Goth, Urki, Uthal, Lakhra, Mureed Khoso, Pir Jhalu, Keti Bandar, Shah Bandar, Chuhar Jamali, Ghotki, Pir Dino Shah, Saindad Alyani and Mir Pur Khas.
Pakistan Navy personnel rescued locals stranded inside flooded homes and shifted them to safer locations, said a news release on Tuesday.
De-flooding operations are paced up in different areas by PN rescue teams. Moreover, free medical camps have also been established at Jati and Pir Dino Shah to provide first aid and free medical facilities to the locals. Dedicated teams of doctors and paramedical staff are providing treatment and free medicines to aggrieved populace in these areas.
Pakistan Navy troops distributed ration bags, fresh drinking water and household items including medicines to affected populace.
Pakistan Navy, alongwith civil administration and various philanthropist organizations is providing continuous assistance to the flood stricken people while transitioning to rehabilitation operation in the worst affected areas. Relief operation in Sindh is a practical manifestation of PN’s resolve to extend all out support to fellow countrymen in the hour of need.
Govt Decides To hold Donors’ Conference
The government has decided to hold Donors Conference for the rehabilitation of flood affected areas.
The decision was taken at a meeting in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair.
The meeting was aimed to review progress on the ongoing relief and rehabilitation activities in flood affected areas of the country.
Charing the meeting, the Prime Minister ordered to brief the international organizations on the flood disasters in the country and the rehabilitation efforts initiated by the federal and provincial governments.
He also directed to expedite relief and rescue operations in the flood-hit areas on emergency basis. Shehbaz Sharif directed to immediately send 40,000 tents and 100,000 ration packets to the affected areas.
The Prime Minister appealed to the philanthropists to donate in Prime Minister Flood Relief Fund to support the flood affected people.