Wednesday, February 8

Kachho people await relief and rehabilitation

Dadu:The people of flooded Kachho have been awaiting relief and rehabilitation from the Sindh and the federal governments in return of their votes. The villagers said that their houses had been demolished and food grains had been washed away in the gushing flood water, therefore, they need immediate relief.

The flood water of many villages has flowed to Manchar Lake but water is still lying in low-lying areas. More than 80 villages in Kachho area of Dadu district had been submerged in Nai Gaj River flood a week ago, while land route of 200 villages with Dadu and Johi had been disconnected. Thousands of people are living under open sky who need immediate food and other relief supplies from the government.

Pakistan Army personnel and district administration staff shifted stranded people to the safe areas. The district administration has set up medical camps at different locations, but people direly need food supplies and clothing. The people of the affected villages have appealed to the authorities concerned to provide all kind of relief for their survival and rehabilitation.

The route to Gorakh Hill, a famous tourism site, could still not be restored. More than 200 katcha houses have been demolished and 500 solar tube wells submerged by the flood water in the Kacho region. The danger of Johi town’s submerging has been averted due to sharp decline in the flood level while pressure on FP dyke has also come down significantly.

More than two lack acres of standing crops, including rice and vegetables, have been inundated, causing huge financial losses to the farmers and poverty-stricken people of the hilly areas. The rain-fed river water has inundated 70km long and 22km wide area in Dadu district while the flood water depth was three to four feet. The gushing water is flowing to Manchar Lake, which is the river’s end point. Thousands of people, including women and children, have been stranded in gushing flood water. The people have started shifting to safe areas.

The land link of 200 villages with Dadu city has been disconnected due to sumberging of routes leading to the city. The link of many villages have also been disconnected with Johi town of the Dadu district. The routes among the villages have also been inundated. The people are facing difficulties getting food supply and are unable to reach required destinations.