The NGO world team visited flood affected areas of Sindh – Pakistan.
SHEHDAD PUR, DISTT SANGHAR and BADIN, DISTT BADIN (3-4 OCT 2011)
We reached in disaster field at 3.00 pm. We were accompanied by a local org Hasrat Development Organization (HDO). The HDO personals travelled with us from Halla to Shahdad pur. On our way to Shahdapur, we observed two road breaches gone under the rain water. The water was still standing all around. 20 minutes drive distance was tracked in 1 hour because we had to go via diversions. Rain water destroyed all the roads.
A difference which is noticed between flood and rain water action is, flood comes in shape of fast moving tides where as rain is to pour water from the sky. Due to this fact, flood is fast and furious but rain is to devastate the area deliberately in an unpredictable and non warning mod. Flood water comes making its own passages. it goes forward or moves back to the river as the tide is passed. But because rain water comes directly from the sky and it doesn’t make enough drain passages, so its to stay all around in naturally available large shallow basins. These water basins are present in several mile squares in the area. Rain water stays for months and its destruction is like a slow poison.
• Almost all the infrastructure is damaged.
• Hospitals, schools and other main government and private buildings are still surrounded by water. The buildings are being dilapidated.
• Peoples Normal lives are disturbed. They are compelled to use donkey carts to go through the marshy or water filled streets.
• Because of permanent standing water in the streets, people are hindered to go on their work.
• School going children are unable to go to school.
• The standing rain water is now mixed up with the underground water, so drinking water is highly contaminated and no more addable.
• Almost all the crops have been destroyed.
• Animals are suffering terminal diseases and deaths.
• Native people are short of milk. Specially villagers.
• Most of the mud houses are dilapidated and people have lost shelter.
Many of them are living under semi shelter which is dangerous to live under. Some of the shelters are slammed upon the residents.
• Water borne diseases are prevailing in the area.
• On form livelihood is destroyed.
• Form laborers are deprived of morsel.
• Farmers are gone under the heavy debts of shylocks.
• Next crop (mainly wheat) is doubtful to be cultivated because the rain water doesn’t seem to be vanished before next crop cultivation time.
• Most of the village idp’s are compelled to reside on the embankments and along with the roads. They are living under self made rug tents.
• Clean drinking water.
• Non food items.
• Infrastructure rehabilitation.
• Mapping to drain out standing water.
• Availability of enough machinery to drain out the water.
• Temporary shelter. (Tents).
CONDUCTED BY Mr ZAFAR IQBAL, Mr IRFAN UL HAQ SHAH.
Local Support: Mr. Rafiq Talpur ( Village Development Organization)