Arrival of flood affectees in Karachi not an issue: Ibad

Sindh governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan has said that arrival of flood affectees in the metropolis is not an issue and Karachiites have welcomed them with open heart.

He was briefing the diplomats of various countries about the disaster caused by flood in the province and relief activities of the provincial government for the victims of natural disaster here Friday at Governor House.

He said that a large number of IDPs had been accommodated in various parts of the city and people were providing them all necessary assistance.
“Over 90 percent of relief activities are being carried out from Karachi,” he informed the diplomats and added that citizens of Karachi are treating the displaced people as their own family members and brothers.

However, he said that authorities are keeping a vigil on elements trying to illegally occupy land with the help of impersonators disguised as flood affectees.
Dr. Ibad thanked the international community for extending assistance including food and medicine for flood victims.

Briefing the diplomats, the Director General Provincial Disaster Management Authority, Mohammed Saleh Farooqui said that 19 out of 23 districts of the province were affected by floods and added that super floods were recorded in all three barrages of the province including Guddu, Sukkur and Kotri.
He said so far there was confirmation of 120 deaths and 5,000 villages affected due to floods in the province.
Farooqui said that 7 million people have been affected and a large number of people have been displaced while over 2,000 relief camps have been set up across the province.

He said floods caused loss of over Rs 500 billion which does not include the districts of Dadu and Thatta.

Giving a break up of the statistics of losses, he said housing sector suffered an estimated loss of Rs 200 billion, agriculture Rs 52 billion, irrigation Rs 32 billion, Education Rs 36 billion, health Rs 10 billion, , communication Rs 32 billion and public buildings Rs 10 billion.

Joint efforts are being made by National Disaster Management Authority, Army, Airforce, Navy, NADRA, provincial governments, NGOs and international community including UN agencies to help victims of flood, he said.

Provincial Advisor Sharmila Farooqui said that 31 relief camps had been established in various parts of Karachi where 31,000 affectees had been accommodated while an additional 30,000 IDPs are expected to arrive in the city.