KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday said Pakistan, particularly Sindh, had paid the price for climate change caused by the developed countries, and the latter would have to take necessary measures for mitigating its impacts.

Talking to US Deputy Chief of Mission Andrew Schofer, who called on him here, he said the collapse of three million houses and displacement of 1.5 million people had created a humanitarian crisis in the province as various villages, towns, and portions of highways and railways tracks were still under water. 

He added: “We are trying to clear the railway tracks and highways to ensure smooth flow of traffic.”    Schofer expressed sorrow and deep grief over the loss of about 600 lives due to heavy rains and floods. He assured the chief minister that the US government would support the provincial government to rehabilitate the affected people. He also said that the American government would also help in the construction of collapsed houses. 

Murad pointed out that his government was facing a serious shortage of tents and mosquito nets. “We have distributed around 270,000 tents against a demand of 1.5 million tents,” he said, adding the tents were required even if the people were shifted to their homes because construction of their houses would take time.

Schofer assured the chief minister that the US would continue to provide support in every possible way.

NO DEATH OCCURRED DUE TO DENGUE VIRUS IN 

HYDERABAD: DHO

District Health Officer Dr Lala Jafar has denied the reports published in sections of print media and the social media platforms regarding death of a patient due to dengue virus.

According to a statement, the DHO said such news were part of misinformation as no death occurred in Hyderabad due to the dengue fever. The district Health office was also conducting anti mosquito spray and the fumigation in different areas to contain spread of the virus, Dr Jafar said. He appealed to the media not to publish incorrect reports regarding dengue virus spread as it could create fear among citizens.

The dengue affected patients were being treated in all hospitals and the situation was under control in Hyderabad, he said.

RELIEF, REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES CONTINUE ACROSS NORTHERN SINDH

Relief and rehabilitation activities are underway in the rain and flood-affected areas of northern Sindh. NDMA, PDMA, SRSO, IGHDS and other social welfare organizations are working in collaboration with the district administrations for the relief of the flood victims.

The rehabilitation work is being carried out at a rapid pace in different areas like Khairpur, Sukkur, Ghotki and other districts affected by recent rains and floods. Relief camps are functioning in these areas where cooked food, ration and medical treatment is being provided to the flood victims. Ration packets are also being delivered.

Free medical camps established by health department, Allama Iqbal Open University Regional Campus Sukkur, Pakistan Medical Association and PDMA are also functioning in the flood-affected districts.