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Sanitary workers Eid vacations canceled as rains hit Karachi

KARACHI: The Sindh Local Government Department has cancelled the Eid holidays of all the officials of concerned civic agencies to avoid possible post-rain water and sewerage problems.
The gutters in most of the areas started overflowing, submerging streets and main thoroughfares briefly after various parts of the metropolis received shower.
According to a notification of the Sindh Government, keeping in view the directives of Sindh Chief Minister, the holidays of the staff of District Government, Taluka/ Town Municipal Administrations, Union Administrations, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB), Water
and Sanitation Agency (WASA), H.D.A. and other related Departments,
have been cancelled  due to expected heavy rain and possible flooding.
All the Local Government tiers, KW&SB and WASA would  ensure the sewerage pumping stations to be working normal and the available generators as back up of electric breakdowns during rains shall also be kept  intact so that smooth pumping of sewerage shall not be disturbed, the directives added.
The District Governments, Taluka/ Town Municipal Administrations shall ensure that no blockage of storm water drains/nullahs  occurs during  the rains and in case an incident occurs, it should be attended immediately and rain water passage should be restored, the directive further stated.
The Local Government Department  also ordered all the DistrictGovernments, Taluka/ Town Administrations to make arrangements for dewatering the rain water in depression/ low lying areas timely and ensure the fumigation/ spray against mosquitoes/ rain water insects/ bacteria inside housing and the vicinity in the interest of health of the public.
It has been further directed that all the District Governments and Irrigation Department under  coordination would impose Section 144 Cr. PC and ensure  that no cuts are made in embankments of canals’ minors, drains/ LBOD/ RBOD by  miscreants.
The District Coordination Officers would make arrangements for relief camps and their tents, food, medical facilities, drinking water and sanitation facilities in coordination with the concerned agencies of PDMA/ Relief Department/ Health Department and TMA concerned, the directive said and added that KESC has been directed to remain careful and the water supply and sewerage
pumping stations should not suffer any electric breakdowns during rains.
They should also make  back-up arrangement of KESC generators in case of an emergency, the directive concluded.

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Saleem Shaikh

The writer is a development journalist. He writes on water, sanitation, environment, climate change, agriculture, women development, human rights, education, health, development budgets and economy.

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