All-out efforts afoot to provide pure water, food to rain victims: DCO Badin

BADIN: District Coordination Officer (DCO) Badin Dr. Kazim Hussain Jatoi claimed that the district government is making all-out efforts to provide food, shelter, drinking water and health facilities to the people of rain and flood-hit areas.

He said even though all five talukas of the district have been hit, “evacuation emergency” has been declared in 12 union councils in Tando Bago and Shaheed Fazil Rahu talukas.

He told Pakistan Times that rescue to shift people to safer places is being conducted by Pakistan Army, Navy, and Rangers.

DCO Dr Kazim Hussain Jatoi said that over one million people have been affected and 2,10,407 houses have been  fully damaged and 6395 villages of 46 Union Councils  affected.

The District Administration has established 278 relief camps and the number of rescued people shifted to the camps is 81,214, he added.

Giving details of the loss to agriculture and cattle heads, he said 3,066 animals including cow, sheep, goat and buffalo have perished while 984,805 acres area was affected and more than 214,940 acres of cropped land was destroyed.

The DCO said that 75 boats and 200 transport vehicles have been engaged for relief and rescue operation.

A representative of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Ms Ghazala told Pakistan Times that NDMA has provided 22,081 tents, 167,483 ration bags, 10,000 mosquito nets, one unit of water purification plant and 300,000 tablets for water purification.

She said that 20 international and local humanitarian organisations have registered with NDMA for delivering their services in rain affected areas.

“World Food Programme (WFP) has adopted Badin and Tando Bago tehsils for food supply,” she added.

According to her, the UNHCR is establishing a tent city for 2000 people while International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has also offered their services for providing shelter.

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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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