The entire Sindh Government, particularly ruling party lead­ership and elected representa­tives from Dadu District seem oblivious to the plight of flood af­fected and are preoccupied to win the second phase of upcoming lo­cal bodies’ election. This is hap­pening while the whole of Sindh including urban cities are floating with sewerage mixed rain water. The majority of the people in ur­ban cities and villages in barrage area have some modicum of resil­ience and semblance of access to ramshackle road, communication and public or private health infra­structure. However the highly vul­nerable population from remote areas like Kachho need immediate support in rescue and relief which is nowhere in sight.

With the first few rain show­ers and torrential streams flow in mid-July, the poorly constructed and already damaged road and ir­rigation infrastructure got washed away in Kachho area of Dadu Dis­trict. District governments’ res­cue and relief action was too lit­tle too late. According to DC Dadu, 1000 from total 29000 affected families were provided food ra­tion tents in Kachho. Remaining 28000 families were left to fend for themselves. The high rains of 18 and 19 August has resulted in collapsing of almost all mud made homes. Reportedly gastroenteri­tis epidemic has consumed more than 30 lives. The main reason for each successive flood devastation in Kachho is construction and re­pair of substandard physical in­frastructure. Accommodating fa­vorites in awarding infrastructure contracts can be termed as a crime against humanity because due to peculiar nature of topography of Kachho areas boat service can­not reach to the majority of the re­mote villages as these got struck in sand dunes, tree plants on ele­vated place which are hidden by flood water. Helicopter service is too expensive and only used by CM and other high officials. Those controlling public health and roads department should have spared Kachho area and had put in place quality road and bridges on the pattern of similar areas in Pakistan and abroad which with­stand the flash flood.

Now even if the government, hu­manitarian organisations and phi­lanthropists start rescue and relief work, they cannot reach immedi­ately to every village of flood af­fected families who are suffering starvation, water borne diseases and need urgent medical help.

GULSHER PANHWER,

Johi.