Epidemics break out in flood-hit areas

DERA MURAD JAMALI  - Water-borne diseases have turned epidemics in flood-hit areas of three districts of Balochistan including Jaffarabad, Nasirabad and Jhal Magsi.
Hospital sources confirmed to APP on Saturday that a large number of flood-stricken people suffering from water-borne diseases were being brought to hospitals. “Most of the patients are suffering from malaria, gastro, diarrhea and stomach diseases,” a doctor said.
The relevant departments are not making serious efforts to drain out water. Tens of thousands of flood-hit people are sitting under open sky.
Hospital sources informed that 13 patients bitten by snakes were given medical aid.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf Saturday said a permanent solution was needed to counter threat of flash floods, affecting populated areas in Balochistan.
Addressing a gathering of flood-affected people of the area in Rojhan Jamali, he said the government would construct the protective walls and channels to divert the raging hill torrents away from the populated areas. He announced a package of Rs 100 million for the provision of food, tents and other relief goods to the thousands who have been displaced.
He also announced a compensation of Rs 400,000 for each of the 15 people who lost their lives in the floods.
The Prime Minister directed Pakistan Baitul Maal to ensure that the people are provided with quality food stuff and other relief goods so as to ease their sufferings.
He said the Federal Government would provide the medicines and also make a significant contribution once the damage assessment is completed by the local authorities. Raja said President Asif Ali Zardari had telephoned him from London and directed him to visit all the flood-affected areas and monitor the relief and rehabilitation of the people displaced by the recent floods. He said the people need to stand united and work hand in hand so as to mitigate the damage caused by the natural calamity.
He said the people of the area and the nation as a whole, were strong and resilient to bravely face all challenges.
He asked the Provincial Disaster Management Authority to work at a swift pace to reach out to all the people and help in their early rehabilitation.
The Prime Minister was earlier given a detailed briefing about the impact of the flash floods and the widespread devastation caused in these areas. He was also informed about the measures that need to be taken to avert a repeat of similar incidents in future.

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