KARACHI-The Sindh government on Wednesday formed the Sindh Flood Relief Fund committee aimed at ensuring transparency in relief and rehabilitation efforts,. Sindh Chief Secretary Muhammad Sohail Rajput will head the flood relief fund committee.

In a statement, the chief secretary said that “Sindh Flood Relief Fund” will be audited by an international-repute audit firm. A day earlier, the Sindh government formed a committee to assess the damages caused by heavy rains and subsequent floods across the province.

According to details, an 11-member parliamentary committee has been formed under the supervision of Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Rehan Laghari for assessing the damages caused in flood-affected areas and to help flood affectees.

The 11-member committee includes Owais Shah, Shahryar Sher, Amer Haider Shah, Abdul Jabbar, Rana Ansar, Mujeebul Haq and others.

Earlier this month, the federal government launched the ‘Digital Flood Dashboard’ of the National Flood Response Coordination Center (NFRCC) aimed at ensuring transparency in relief and rehabilitation efforts.

According to details, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal launched the ‘Digital Flood Dashboard’ – being called as NRFCC’s executive portal – following the directives of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday urged the international community and the nation’s friends to step forward for helping the flood affectees.

Talking to media, during his visit to rain affacted areas at Union Councils (UCs),Jarwar and Yaro Lund at Ghotki district on Wednesday, he said that he had visited 11 districts of Sindh recently, people were in difficult situations. “We would need tents for flood affected people,as they would stay near their homes till construction of their houses,” he said.

He said that the Sindh Government had to rebuild the irrigation system, restore agricultural lands and the water drainage system and there were need to make new planning along with relief works and determine the extent of impact of the climate change next year with the help of experts.

The CM reiterated that the government was trying that the farmers cultivated the winter crops especially the wheat crop. He said efforts were being taken to clear water from 75 percent of the submerged agricultural fields.

The CM later visited the BHU Mirpur Mathelo where he interacted with the flood affected persons. The CM said the medical camps had also been set up in the relief camps and the doctors were providing treatment for various common illnesses. He apprised that the government was also supplying medicines to the camps for treatment of the patients suffering from Dengue and malaria.

He said the government would also financially support the affected farmers by either providing them cash support, adding that the Sindh government required 1.5 million tents for distribution among the displaced people. Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah also visited the flood and rain-affected areas of Kashmore here on Wednesday. He was received by Sohrab Sarki, Gul Mohammad Jakarani, Altaf Ahmed Khoso and others on his arrival.

Kandhkot-Kashmore Deputy Commissioner Manwar Ali Mithani while briefing him said that the district has 3 talukas, one municipal committee, 6 town committees and 41 UCs.

There are 148 villages in this district, of which 110 are in Pucca and 38 are in Kacha. From July 1 to August 26, 1,353 mm of rain fell. Due to heavy rains, an area of 159,731 acres of the district was affected. 119,698 houses collapsed due to rain. As many as 20,084 cattle died along with 31 people and 709 were injured due to the rain. 27 relief camps were established where 6961 victims were accommodated. 

Cooked food, milk, ration bags, tarpaulin, mosquito nets, jerry cans, bed sheets and other equipment were provided in the camps. The water has been drained from the low-lying areas. After the water receded, the victims returned to their homes.  The rest will return to their villages soon. Along with the Kashmore district, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that Jacobabad was affected by floods and rains. And will also visit Shikarpur. H.O.NO.263/2022.