Sindh declares 20 districts disaster-hit
The Sindh government has notified that 20 districts, including the provincial capital, have been declared disaster-hit.
According to the notification tweeted by government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab on Saturday, Sindh administration declared 20 districts calamity-affected under the Sindh Calamities Act of 1958.
Nine districts of Hyderabad division, three districts of Mirpurkhas division and two districts of Shaheed Benazirabad division are on the list. Hyderabad division areas are Hyderabad, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal, Tando Muhammad Khan, Matiari and Dadu while Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, and Tharparkar areas of Mirpurkhas.
In a telephonic conversation, the PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto directed the chief minister and provincial ministers to stand by the victims of the disastrous downpour. As the Sindh ruling party chief was briefed about the ongoing relief efforts, he issued directives for compiling a damage assessment report.
The notification was posted a day after the chief minister, Murad Ali Shah, briefed the media about the downpour deaths and damage in the province.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also contacted the Sindh CM and assured all-out support from the Centre for relief and rehabilitation.
The Pak armed forces have already launched relief and rescue operation in Karachi. According to Inter-Services Public Relations, a total of 32 emergency medical and 56 relief camps have been established in coordination with civil administration and are busy helping people in distress.
Three Army field medical facilities have been established at Qayyumabad, Sarjani and Sadi town and army doctors and paramedics are providing immediate emergency medical care to flood victims.
Earlier in the week, the Sindh government imposed a rain emergency as disastrous downpour played havoc in the provincial districts. Holidays of all the government employees have already been cancelled and the provincial disaster management authority was asked to brace for heavy rains.