Seeks army, navy support to help people
Our Correspondent Qambar Shahdadkot
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday urged the nation to prioritise assistance of flood-affected victims across the country instead of the “everyday political dramas” as the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted that the devastating monsoon season is not done yet and more rains are likely this week.
The PPP leader made these remarks a day after the Sindh government declared 23 districts of the province calamity-hit after torrential rains wreaked havoc causing heavy loss of human life, livestock, and destruction of thousands of mud-thatched houses, roads and bridges.
Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, Dadu, Sujawal, Tando Allahyar, Jamshoro, Matiari, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Shaheed Benazirabad, Naushahro Feroze, Sanghar, Sukkur, Khairpur, Ghotki, Larkana, Kashmore, Kandhkot, Shikarpur, Qamber Shahdadkot and Jacobabad were among the areas that had been declared disaster-hit.
Talking to the media in Qambar Shahdadkot on Tuesday, Bilawal requested people to dispatch relief goods to flood-hit areas of Sindh, saying that the spell of rain in Sindh has lasted over a month leading to immense devastation. “We have requested the government to provide relief to rain-hit people through the Benazir Income Support Programme.”
The PPP co-chairman highlighted that the people who had been injured during the rain would be compensated by the provincial government but rain affectees could only be assisted through the BISP. Bilawal acknowledged that the civil administration of the province had fewer resources in comparison to the requirements. “There is a huge demand and supply gap. We don’t have tents as per our requirement.