Prime Minister announces Rs 1 billion for flood affected areas

Karachi, August 04, 2015 (PPI-OT): The on-going flood in River Indus has displaced over 375,000 people settled in the katcha area of three districts, Khairpur, Sukkur and Ghotki. Apart from displacement of people 350,000 acre standing crops have been flooded. Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah told this to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif while briefing him about the losses caused by the floods.

It may be noted that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah took aerial view of the flood affected areas of Ghotki, Sukkur and Khairpur this afternoon and then landed at Qadirpur Bund where a simple ceremony was organized to hand over relief gods to the flood affected people.

The prime minister was told that the floods have affected 375,535 people in three districts, Khairpur, Sukkur and Ghotki. “In Khairpur 157,490 people have been displaced while 123,045 in Sukkur and 95,000 in Ghotki district,” he said and added that over all 218 livestock have been lost in the flood and standing crops over 350,445 acres have been washed away and 7272 houses have damaged either fully or partially.

Commissioner Sukkur Abbas Baloch briefing the prime minister said that 131 boats have been arranged to evacuate people from Katcha area of the said three districts. “Out of 131 boats 18 have been provided by Pak army 16 by Pakistan Navy, two by Rangers, 27 by PDMA and 70 boats have been hired,” he said.

He said that in 38 camps of the three districts, 43431 people have taken shelter and they have been provided 7140 ration bags. “We have provided them medical facilities by setting up 43 dispensaries, including 12 mobile dispensaries. Over 103500 cattles have been vaccinated,” Mr Abbas said.

Giving details of rain fall, the commissioner said that in Ghotki it was recorded at 443.37 mm, 285.01 in Sukkur and 254.25 mm in Khairpur. “This heavy rain fall claimed seven lives in Khairpur and one in Sukkur,” he said. The DG PDMA, Syed Salman Shah also gave presentation on the relief work carried out by his organization (PDMA).

Irrigation and Information Minister Nisar Khuhro briefing the prime minister said that upstream Guddu Barrage was754005 on August 3 and it has reduced today at 720,000 and downstream 700,000 today. “Today at Sukkur Barrage it is upstream 700050 and 660,000 downstream and at Kotri it has been recorded at 320,000,” he said.

Talking about vulnerable points, Mr Khuhro said they are 5o in Sukkur and Larkana regions, of them eight are on the left ban of Sukkur region and 17 on the right banks of River Indus in Sukkur and Larkana region, five in Guddu Barrage, three on Left Bank Canal Area Water Board, Badin four in Ghotki Feeder Canal area water board and eight in Kotri Barrage Region, Hyderabad.

Secretary Irrigation Zaheer Hyder Shah giving brief history history said that Qadirpur main Bund was washed out from mile 2/6 to 10/4 during super flood of 1973. The remaining portion of the bund from mile ½ to 2/6 was renamed Qadirpur Shank Bund and maintained for protection of Qadirpur Loop Bund.

“OGDCL management constructed bund to pr5otect their gas wells situated in the riverian area in front of L.M Old Bund and connected it with Shank. As a result, river current has been diverted and directed to Qadirpur Shank Bund and Qadirpur Loop Bund at mile 5/0. Prime Minister assured the Sindh chief minister that the issue with OGDCL would be settled once the floods are over.

The secretary further said that Qadirpur Bund was eroded during super flood of 2010 from mile 1/7 to 2/6 which activated Kari Dhandh (Bl;ack Lake) towards Qadirpur Loop Bund at mile 5/0. The IRC proposal of plugging breach of Qadirpur Shank Bund was put up and approved in IRC meeting on November 8, 2010 and its PC-I of Rs279.472 million was approved by PDWP and was submitted to ministry of water and power (flood Commission) for further approval which is still pending.

Mr Zaheer Hyder Shah said that a joint inspection was carried out with OGDCL on April 30, 2014 and jointly a PC-1 of Rs169.995 million was prepared to strengthen Shank Bund. But the OGDCL has only released Rs16.63 million. “The amount is not enough to complete the remaining work,” he said.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah welcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that he had always been helping hand to his government and province of Sindh. “Prime Minister has taken aerial view of the flood devastation. We are not only looking after the flood affected people but looking after them properly from our resources.”

The prime minister addressing the flood affected people gathered to meet him at Qadirpur Bund announced Rs1 billion for the relief of affected people. Earlier, the prime minister landed at Sukkur Airport where he was received by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon and other top officers.

From Sukkur airport he flew to Qadirpur Bund and took aerial view of Sukkur Barrage, Ulra Jagir Bund and landed at at Qairpur Bund in his army helicopter where he was received by provincial minister Nisar Khuhro, Ali Nawaz maher, Jam Mehtab Dahar and top Sindh Government officers. After the visit the prime minister was seen off at Sukkur Airport by Sindh chief minister.

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