Monday, 5 September 2011

Incessant rains scale up destruction in Pakistan

Unending rains, which have stoked floods killing more than 85 people in the country and incurring huge financial loss, continue battering Sindh and Balochistan areas, and thereby increasing the scale of destruction.
Several villages and standing crops on vast areas in the Salehpat tehsil of Sukkur remain inundated by heavy rains as more water is coming down the hills. Hundreds of mud houses and standing crops on thousands of acres of land have been washed away in Dadu and Nawabshah, Nausehro Feroze, Larkana, Qambar, Shahdadkot and Ghotki.
Pakistam Army, Pakistan Navy and Rangers personnel are busy in rescue work in the affected areas of Lower Sindh districts, where according to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Dr Zaffar Qadir, overall about 50 persons were officially killed in lower Sindh districts.
There is a dire need of tents, food ration, blankets, medicines in the flood and rain hit districts of province where 90 percent displaced persons were spending days under open sky. The traffic system has also been disrupted in scores of small cities and towns of Sindh where two to three feet rain water has accumulated.
The spread of epidemics have aggravated the miseries of the affected people as diarrhoea, gastro, malaria and skin diseases are growing rapidly in interior Sindh. More than 10,000 domestic cattle including cows, buffaloes, goats, sheep, donkeys, horses were also killed by epidemic diseases in Mirpurkhas and Umerkot districts while thousands of domestic cattle were reportedly killed in different districts of Sindh due to continuous heavy rainfall and floods in lower Sindh districts.
Ali Nawaz Wah and Pandraho Wah canals in Faizganj area of district Khairpur developed 50-feet-wide breaches, inundating eight villages and the surrounding areas. In a roof-collapse near Garhi Pul a child was killed and six women were injured, while after the rain, a man and a woman died of snakebites at Nara and Paryalo.
NDMA chairman said that teams have visited the affected parts of Sindh including Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Badin, Hyderabad and other districts. He said that a rescue operation has been conducted in village Sain Dad Alyani where water had entered the village after a breach in Puran Canal near Naokot.
As a result about 250 persons were stranded in the village. Mirpurkhas DCO Ghulam Hussain Memon along with SSP Mirpurkhas Riaz Ahmad soomro reached there along with 100 police personnel and started the rescue work in the village. The rescuers pulled out the stranded person from the village and shifted them to safer places.
Meanwhile owing to dozens of breaches in Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) system the LBOD Sim Nullah, Puran Canal, taluka Jhuddo, Naokot, Taluka Hussain Bux Mari, Digri, Tando Jan Muhmmad, Sindhri, Samaro, Kunri and other towns and adjoining areas of these tehsils have submerged in flood water and large number of people have been displaced who are being helped by the personnel in shifting their families to safer places.
Torrential rains have wreaked havoc in Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Osta Muhammad, Suhbat Pur, Dera Allah Yar, Dera Murad Jamali, Tambu, Manjho Shori, Baba Kot, Rojhan Jamali and other areas of Balochistan. Heavy rains in Sanjawi, Ziarat and surrounding areas filled the Nullahs with water which washed away roads cutting the links of the area with different cities. Rains devastated dozens of mud houses; whereas apple, tomato, potato, vegetables and other crops were also destroyed.
In Punjab, a surge in the Sutlej river submerged more than 100 localities along the riverine area near Burewala on late Saturday.
Standing crops on hundreds of acres were inundated in more than 100 localities, including Salara Rotar, Ghai Shah, Mongar Salar, Baloch, Rahim Shah, Budin Shah, Jheelan Wali, Haider Khan, and other localities.
On information, Burewala Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Attif Dar along with police, Rescue 1122 and officials of other departments concerned reached the areas and started the rescue operation.Boats of Rescue 1122 were also dispatched to the affected areas.
The assistant commissioner told the media that a central control room had been set up in Farooqabad while three relief camps were working round-the-clock in Farooqabad, Sahu kay and Jimlara. Vehari DPO Syed Ali Nasir visited a police relief camp and ordered policemen and rescue personnel to provide all facilities to the affected people.
On the other hand, a safety bridge in Muzaffargarh has broken due to which the standing crops on 4,000 acre have been destroyed. The roads and streets in Khanpur tehsil of Rahimyar Khan also remained submerged under knee-deep stagnant water, which the administration has so far failed to drain out.
Heavy monsoon rains wreaked havoc in Kalat district too where flash floods swept away dozens of houses and three vehicles on Sunday.According to reports, Kalat and adjoining areas received heavy downpours on Sunday that caused flash floods in streams and nullahs. The flood swept away dozens of mud-houses in Killi Khel, Killi Pashar and other small villages of Kalat besides forcing the people to take refuge on top of nearby mountains.
A police official, Abdul Sattar, said more than 20 houses were swept away in Killi Mughalzai while several electricity poles were also flooded that suspended power supply in the district.
The flash floods damaged crops, swept away household-items and cattle. Sources said three vehicles on National Highway were also swept away by flash flood, however, occupants were rescued by highway police. The flood also disconnected road link between Quetta and Karachi at Kalat area for several hours, causing inconveniences for passengers.
Meanwhile, relief camps have been established in Kalat district by provincial government and Frontier Corps where affectees are being provided food and medical aid.
In Chitral, at least seven houses and standing crops on hundreds of acres land were washed away by torrential rains in remote areas of the district in the wee hours on Sunday. However, no human loss was reported.
Incessant rains wreaked havoc in Booni and Owi, the far-flung areas, located about 80 miles north of Chitral town, as rainwater flooded nullahs which overflowed badly affecting Karway Golokh and Mogdor villages. Seven houses along with valuables were swept away. The houses belonged to Nasirudin, Nasir Khesro, Penan Zar, Adena Zar, Sher Azad, Mir Mohammad and EDO Health Dr Sher Qayyum.

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