SUKKUR: The Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, visited Sukkur Barrage and embankments of River Indus in Ghotki and Khairpur on Sunday.
Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, accompanied their party chairman.
During his visit to the area, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was briefed by the Provincial Minister for Irrigation Nisar Ahmed Khuhro and Secretary Irrigation Syed Zaheer Hyder Shah on the current situation in the province. He was also informed that urban areas of Sukkur are not under threat of flooding.
Provincial Ministers Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Sardar Ali Nawaz Khan Mahar, MNA Noman Islam Shaikh, MNA Nafeesa Shah, PPP MPAs Syed Awais Shah, Jamil Soomro, Commissioner Sukkur Muhammad Abbas Baloch, and officials of the concerned departments were also present.
The PPP chairman was informed about a shortage of funds to improve the canal system in the province and to further reinforce protective embankments.
The Sindh chief minister said that all arrangements to facilitate flood-affected people of Kacha area in Sindh have been completed and added that more than 500,000 people from Kacha area have moved to safe places.
He further said that torrential rains caused widespread devastation in Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Mohammad Khan, Jamshoro, Mirpurkas, Badin and Tharparkar districts of Sindh last month.
A large number of structures and houses collapsed and standing crops over thousands of acres were destroyed.
Relief operations were initiated earlier in Sindh’s flood-hit areas of Sukkur, Larkana, Khairpur, Kashmor and Ghotki. More than 500 villages in these districts have reportedly been submerged due to rising floodwater in River Indus, he added.
He visited SM Bund, Garhi Pathan, where he also distributed food among the flood affected people at the camps. Bilawal was welcomed by the locals who chanted slogans in favour of his party. He also took an aerial view of the flood-hit areas of the region.