Sindh CM, US Counselor discuss flood devastations, humanitarian aid

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in his meeting with a U.S delegation led by Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Derek Chollet said that the unprecedented heavy rains and hill torrents have created a first ever serious humanitarian crisis in the province that has affected 10.48 million people of them 600,000 have been shifted to camps.

The meeting was held at CM House and was at-tended by provincial ministers, Sharjeel Inam Memon, Nasir Shah, Murtaza Wahab, Saeed Ghani, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput and secretary to CM Raheem Shaikh, said a statement on Friday. The chief minister told the visiting guest that nor-mally the province received 60 mm in July, but we received 245 mm- means 307 percent more rainfall.

“In August against 57 mm normal rains we received 344 mm – means 517 percent more rainfall,” he said and added the highest precipitation of 1,764 mm was recorded at Padidan, of district Naushehroferoze, therefore out of 140,914 square kilometer areas of the province, 21,691.7 square kilometer were inundated.

“If the populated area out of the province is counted out of 66,549 square kilometers 12,541.6 square kilometers are inundated due to unprecedented rains.

Talking about losses he said that over 600 people have died, 9000 injured, 118,828 cattle perished, 10.48 million population affected, 6.28 displaced, 576,121 shifted to 1,732 relief camps.

He added that 1.54 million houses have been dam-aged and 3.27 million acre crops damaged.

Counselor Derek Chollet during his meeting with the CM offered condolence to the to the families of those who have lost their loved ones in the devastat-ing floods.

 

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