ISLAMABAD: The Sindh government has not allocated any funds to handle the after effects of possible flooding in the monsoon season this year, despite warnings by various departments, the Sindh budget reveals.
“Not even a single penny has been allocated to mitigate the sufferings despite almost all relevant departments as well as Sindh government itself, agree that only 20 pc of last year’s rain would play havoc equal to the 2011 monsoon,” informed sources told The News.
Besides international and domestic donations, Sindh spent an hefty amount of Rs45 billion last year in the rescue, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected areas particularly from the Southern parts of the province.
The budget document has no head to meet any emergency situation despite the fact that the concerned agencies including the meteorological department have forewarned the provincial administration about the chances of high flood even with intensity more than the previous year.
The authorities from the PDMA, the rehabilitation department and Relief Department have lodged a sort of protest with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah about the non-allocation of the funds specifically for flood disasters.
“The CM refused to earmark any amount in the regular budget despite their assistance but promised to ensure provision of all-out resources in case of the floods. He has promised that all the development projects could be halted or spending from other heads would be cut down in case of an emergency.”