PESHAWAR - While the recent wave of heavy downpour has played havoc in Peshawar and other areas of KPK, claiming dozens of lives, the government has also turned deaf ear and blind eye to the affectees miseries.
The family members even were not have proper places to observe three days condolences of children and wives and they forced to passed these tough and chilly days inside their damaged houses despite of heavy rains.
One such likes story narrated by a resident of Sawabi when his two teenager brothers were killed and eight other members of their family were wounded when the roof of their mud-house caved in due to uninterrupted heavy rain in Gandaf Afghan refugee camp.
The owner of the house, injured Sher Zada told the Nation
“The torrential rain had made their house roof fragile because it was leaking from the early days of rain but they have no other safe place to shift his family members there.
The uninterrupted rain at night had further weakened the roof of our house and it caved in suddenly at midnight when their children were sleeping.”
He said that the dead were included eight-year old Musa Khan and his brother 11-year old Muhammad Daoud Khan. Nadia Begum and her mother Zarmeena Begum were stated in serious condition. The other injured were: Sher Zada (45), Mubeen Khan (14), Ismail Khan (9), Ibrahim Khan (12), Parveena Begum (17) and Rukhmeena Begum (5).
He said that no government representatives reached there to ask about their miseries and they shifted their dead bodies and other family members to a Hujra, which is a common guesthouse of Pakhtun in rural areas, where they observed days condolences.
A similar incident also took place in Peshawar Pakha Ghulam area when a house was collapsed resulting killing of their two children and injuring six other family members. The deceased family annoyingly complained that on one side it was raining while on the other side they were mourning over the death of their family members in open sky.
He said that so far no official has reached there to ask about compensation and a safe place where they could shift his family members.
He said that they were drowning in debris while the upper class enjoying the rainy season. He said that government at least should arrange temporary residential buildings for such people whom life was in danger due to house collapse.
Another incident occurred in Yakatoot of Peshawar where a minor was killed and his five other family members were seriously injured.
The affected families have demanded of the government to compensate them for their rehabilitation as most of their households items were destroyed in house collapse incidents.
It is worth mentioning here that on such occasions and prolong period of rain, it is responsibility of the government to shift the poor families to safer places and manage an alternate houses for them on temporary basis aimed to avoid such kind of untoward incidents.
If government is serious and they have concern about lives and property of the people, it is not difficult for government to manage alternate facility for these poor people on temporary basis for four and five days period of rainy weather.