HYDERABAD: Sindh Revenue Minister Makhdoom Jamil-uz-Zaman has informed that Sindh Government is making all out efforts to meet the challenges of the expected heavy floods. In this respect, the government has initiated a number of steps to avert any eventuality during the passage of floods through the province.
The Minister informed this while talking to media persons at Sagiyoun-Matiari Band of Indus River where he came on Sunday to review the flood situation and measures being adopted by the concerned departments.
The Minister informed that continuous monitoring of the river embankments is being carried out and all vulnerable points are being strengthened in order to avert any breach of the bund during the passage of flood peak.
Expressing his shock and grief over the losses of life as a result of heavy rains and floods in upper parts of the country particularly in Punjab, the Minister informed that Sindh Irrigation Department is expecting passage of 0.7 million cusecs of water from Guddu Barrage by September 20, while around 0.65 million cusecs of water will be discharged from Sukkur Barrage and 0.45 million cusecs of water at the downstream of Kotri Barrage.
He informed that strict directives have been issued to the officers of concerned departments for removal of all kinds of encroachments and illegal crops cultivation in the river bed at the S.M. Bund and the Deputy Commissioner Matiari has been asked to ensure continuous monitoring in the area.
The Minister informed that 90 percent stone pitching work of the embankments of River Indus has been completed in Matiari district while the leave of the concerned officers and staff of Irrigation Department have also been cancelled to meet the challenge.
Earlier, presiding over a meeting which reviewed the flood situation,the Minister directed the Deputy Commissioner Matiari to prepare all necessary arrangements including the shifting of people to safer places and availability of tents for them in case of flood emergency.
He also directed the District Health Officer Matiari to ensure the availability of required medicines as well as medics and paramedics if any eventuality occurred during the passage of flood peak. He also directed him to ensure the arrangements of fumigation in the areas.