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Battering rains continue to play havoc in parts of Sindh

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HYDERABAD: Intermittent rains that started on Monday’s morning continued since then across Sindh, multiplying difficulties of the people.

After a day long rains more villages came under water in different districts of the province while 12 people lost their lives in separate rain related incidents.

Several villages remain inundated and flood affectees are awaiting relief in camps, particularly clean drinking water, food and sanitation facilities to avoid possible endemic water-borne diseases.

According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) over 200 people have died during the floods in sindh province.

Rain continued in calamity stricken Badin and affected were waiting for help in relief camps. After three days, rain stopped in Dadu but the devastation caused was apparent.

Rain started again Monday afternoon in Dadu and according to DCO Jafar Abbasi, a camp has been formed at the district jail for flood affected. Several acres of crops were destroyed in Tando Muhammad Khan and over in Nawabshah, water had accumulated in several areas.

The rains and floods have caused mass devastation in the province and it affects are expected to last as health experts fear the spread of water borne diseases on a large scale.

In Hyderabad, torrential monsoon rains lashed Hyderabad, flooding many localities from two to three feet, disrupting the power supply and killing two people. Twenty-five others were also injured due to heavy downpours.

The heavy downpours started at 4:00pm on Monday and remain continued till the filing of this report.

The Met office recorded rains of 50mm, while registering a maximum temperature of 27.5C and the lowest minimum 30C.

The Met office forecast that scattered rains, thunder showers, heavy to very heavy falls could continue for the next 24 hours in the district.

The office also said that the renewed spell of the monsoon rains would last till Wednesday night.

The rainwater inundated several areas including Gari Khata, Paretabad, Phuleli, Dadan Shah, Sarfraz Colony, Saddar,Liaquat Colony, Hali Road, Masan Road, Kacha Qila, Cloth Market, Pinjrapole, GauShala and Latifabad nos 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The continuous and heavy downpour also disrupted power supply in many localities.

The DCO and Administrator of the Hyderabad district announced a one-dayholiday in government and private schools.

Crescent Society launches relief work in Sindh

Earlier, Crescent Society Director Operation, Attique Siddique said that his organisation has provided relief goods to more than 20 thousands families adding,” We are providing the relief items directly to the affected people and carrying out our operations with the full cooperation of the provincial and district governments”.

He said a single organization cannot handle the situation alone adding there should be collective efforts by a number of organizations to take on the situation as every organization has its own way of operation within which it carries out its activities.

Attique Siddique remarked that the entire administration and the government machinery have been making efforts to provide relief goods to the victims.

It is very difficult for the administration to reach out to each and every person at the same time and it is a huge challenge which needs to be tackled collectively, he added.

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Saleem Shaikhhttp://saleemshaikh.blogspot.com/
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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