KARACHI: At least 20 people were killed in different parts of Karachi as heavy rain lashed the port city on Saturday.

 

The heavy downpour caused massive gridlocks in the city, adding to the miseries of the commuters.

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In Paposh Nagar a child was killed from electrocution, while another child lost his life in Korangi. A man was electrocuted near the KESC office in the Defence area of the city.

Three children were killed as a roof of an apartment collapsed in Gulzar-e-Hijri. Two more children were killed when they fell into a drain in the North Nazimabad. Two people were electrocuted in Sarjani town.

Three people were injured when shed of a CNG station located near the NIPA intersection collapsed.

KESC has appealed to the residents of the city to stay away from electricity poles and wires. According to the KESC spokesman, 102 feeders have tripped in the city, leaving Nazimabad, Landhi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Lyari, Malir, Clifton, Korangi, Balida and North Karachi without electricity.

 

Rainwater flooded roads and streets in Old City Area, Defence, II Chundrigar Road, Nazimabad, Steel Town, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Shahra-e-Faisal, Landhi and the areas adjoining University Road and Airport Road.

Help needed: Angry relief adviser tries to wake people up to Sindh’s flooding this year

KARACHI: An angry Haleem Adil Shaikh, who is the chief minister’s adviser on relief work, held a press conference on Wednesday to speak against the federal government and especially the National Disaster Management Authority. More than 250 lives have been lost in the flooding in Sindh but they did not do their bit, he said

More than three million people have been affected and rain-water is still standing over one million acres of agricultural land in almost seven districts (Jacobabad, Larkana, Khairpur Mirs, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Kashmore-Kandhkot, Ghotki and Sukkur). “It will take around three to four months for it to recede,” he said, which is why out of the total number of affected people around 2.6 million people are still living in camps. Referring to an initial survey conducted by his department, he said that a total 11,000 villages were hit by the recent rains, which destroyed 0.3 million houses and washed away cash crops standing over 250,000 acres of land. More than 260,000 houses have been damaged completely and 161,000 houses were partially affected.

Shaikh was equally unhappy with the health department as disease is spreading in the camps where there is an absence of medical teams.

Billions of rupees of the Kharif crops of rice (paddy), cotton, banana, chillies were destroyed in 10 districts.

Shaikh showed a map of areas where water is still standing on agriculture land because of rainwater that rushed down from the hilly areas of Balochistan towards Sindh. Balochistan’s water has affected two major union councils of Qambar-Shahdadkot district – Gaibi Dero and Bago Dero. The water is traveling towards Dadu district and will be drained in Hamal lake, Manchhar lake and through the FP Bund and main Nara valley drain.

Through deputy commissioners, the Sindh government spent 353 million rupees on rescue, relief. Shaikh claimed it distributed more than 75,000 tents, small carpets, mosquito nets, unlimited ration bags among the survivors.

To a question, he said that despite a promise of 25,000 tents, the NDMA distributed only 5,000.

Sites for small dams

Kohistan, Nagarparkar and Ubhan Shah hill areas are the main sites in Sindh for potential small dams, weirs and bunds to save the runoff rainwater.

A presentation on these developments was given by the Small Dams Organisation to the chief minister and the irrigation department on Wednesday. The organization had undertaken seven feasibility studies, out of which four are ready. Additionally, the annual development programme money helped rehabilitate by June 2011 the weirs and bunds in Nagarparkar and at Lakhhay jo Wandio.

This was the first meeting since irrigation minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo was sacked and the chief minister took control. He said he was not happy with the work done on protective bunds from Guddu to Thatta.

The meeting at Chief Minister House on Wednesday was attended by secretary Babar Effendi, Sindh Irrigation & Drainage Authority MD Ahsan Leghari, secretary Agha Jan Akhtar and the chief and superintending engineers from across the department.

Growers and elected representatives have complained of corruption in the irrigation department, said the CM.

Secretary Effendi gave a briefing on flooding in six districts where 21,627 square kilometres have been hit. About 49 pumps have been installed to get rid of the water.

Crops destroyed over

599,44 acres in Kambar

355,056 acres in Khairpur Mirs

285,487 acres in Ghotki

178,253 acres in Jacobabad

132,650 acres in Kashmore

22,900 acres in Sanghar

8,550 acres in Larkana

5,048 acres in Umerkot

3,750 acres in Hyderabad

212 acres in Dadu

Villages flooded

3,268 in Ghotki

2,765 in Shikarpur

1,827 in Kashmore-Kandhkot

1,747 in Kambar-Shahdadkot

448 in Khairpur Mirs

205 in Larkana

93 in Umerkot

57 in Hyderabad

44 in Benazirabad

39 in Sanghar

19 in Dadu

Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2012.

2012 floods hit Sindh the hardest: NDMA

ISLAMABAD: This year’s monsoon floods have killed over 259 people and rendered 3.2 million homeless in Sindh making it the worst-hit province.

 

According to the latest statistics of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the 2012 floods have so far left over 451 people dead and 2,916 injured, while a total of five million people have been affected.

Last year’s flood had affected over five million people, caused the deaths of 400 people. In 2010, the flood affected over two million people in 15 districts, with over 600 reported deaths.

This year, over 9,651 cattle heads have perished, crops on 1.5 million acres of farmlands destroyed, and 400,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed in 16,000 villages in all four provinces.

Nearly 0.32 million people are still living in 480 relief camps set up by the provincial disaster management authorities and NDMA across the country.

Thousands of people are living with their relatives, while over 30,000 are living under the open sky in Kashmore, Jacobabad, Jaffarabad, Khairpur and parts of Rahim Yar Khan.

In Sindh, floods injured 2,421 people, damaged or destroyed 0.5 million houses and swamped 171 union councils in 12,005 villages. Kashmore remains the worst-affected district in the province, where 54 people have been killed and over 1, 862 injured.

Over 51 people have been killed, 259 injured and over crops on 27,000 acres of farmlands have been destroyed in Shikarpur. In Jacobabad, 41 people have been killed and 77 injured.

Balochistan happens to be the second worst-affected province, where 61 people have died and 123 have been injured. More than 14,000 villages have been swamped as heavy rains wreaked havoc on the canal system in the province.

Over 60 people have lost their lives and 272 have been injured in several districts of Punjab, where around 1 million people in 1,512 villages have been affected.

UN Resident Coordinator in Pakistan Timo Pakkala, who frequently visits flood-hit areas, expressed his deep concerns over the deplorable situation in the flood-hit areas.

“Based on initial findings of the assessment and reports from the organisation working in the field, I’m concerned that the situation in the flood affected areas is extremely serious and current response may be inadequate. There is urgency to step up relief efforts.”

“We have concluded a joint rapid assessment with the government of the most affected areas to determine gaps and priorities in humanitarian grounds. The UN is ready to mobilise more resources but we would need a request from the government on the findings of the joint assessment,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2012.

Many flood-hit areas still inundated

NASIRABAD: Even after passage of three weeks many parts of Sindh, Balochistan and Punajb affected by the recent floods continue to remain inundated.

Houses under many feet water have started to collapse and the displaced residents are forced to take shelter under the open sky alongside the roads.

Nasirabad and Jaffarabad, which were hit by flash floods originating from Koh-e-Suleman and Dera Bugti’s mountainous areas, continue to remain submerged.

The displaced people are without food, water and medicines while the communication routes are also blocked.

There are a number of such areas which were worst hit by the recent monsoon floods but remained completely neglected as no relief was provided to the affected people there either by the government or an NGO.

Those areas of Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan where water has receded present a horrible picture of devastation caused by the floods.

The flood affected parts of Jacobabad, Kashmor, Kandhkot and Shikarpur are no longer underwater but are now covered with thick mud and piles of wreckage and are in a grip of strong stinking smell.

The calamity-hit areas of Qambar Shahdadkot in Sindh, which were submerged following the breach of RBOD flood gates, continue to give a look of a river.

200 people Die in Recent Floods in Sindh: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Provincial Minister Saifullah Dharijo said that 200 people died during recent floods in Sindh.

Talking to a private news channel, Sindh provincial minister said that severe damage was caused in Sindh by flood water coming from Balochistan.

He said that standing crops worth billions of rupees were destroyed during the floods.

He informed that Sindh and Balochistan governments are working on plans to deal with this natural calamity in the future, which also included construction of small dams to store extra water.

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012

Sindh Flood 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is assisting a total of 52,500 flood victims (7,500 families) with food, non-food items, emergency health and shelters. They have also set up six water filtration plants in the flood affected areas, each with a capacity of 1,000 liters per day, said a press statement.

PRCS Sindh branch has already dispatched 1,500 tents, 1,963 hygiene kits, 2,500 tarpaulins, and 3,500 mosquito nets to the affected districts. They also attended to 3,414 patients, mostly suffering from scabies, diarrhoea, and malaria.

PRCS Punjab branch has deployed disaster response teams and plans to assist in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajhanpur districts. The first 200 tents have already been dispatched from the Multan warehouse to Dera Ghazi Khan district. The branch has also distributed food items among 6,500 victims.