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- Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - From Print Edition


LARKANA: Thousands of residents of more than 170 villages of the katcha area of Larkana district have become homeless and were without food after their dwellings were inundated after the level of water in the River Indus rose early on Sunday.


Senior Minister for Education Sindh Nisar Ahmed Khuhro visited the Aakil-Aagani and Nusrat Loop bunds here on Monday. The inundated villages include Aakil, Tagar Sheikh, Mitho Khuhro, Mahi Bhutto, Jelab Jatoi, Mitho Khakhrani, Daud-Ji-Wandh, Doso Daro, Burira Patan, Allahando Mirbahar, Noor Pur, Nari-Lashari, Seri Allahdad, Allah Bakhsh Arri, Mir Atta, Arbab Kalhoro, Mir Faqeer Jatoi, Muhammad Yaqoob Kalhoro, and others.


Meanwhile, most of the affected people who managed to reach the government camps were in trouble as no food had been provided to them ever since they reached there. On the other hand, quite a large number of people and families were marooned but the local administration had not provided boats to evacuate them from the katcha area.


Sindh Senior Minister Nisar Ahmad Khuhro visited the Aakil-Aagani Bund along with DC Larkana Mirza Nasir Ali, irrigation officers and PPP leaders. Talking to the media men, he said in the super floods of 2010, the PPP government had strengthened the bunds and built new protections for the area after which the water changed its course and 1.1 million cusecs of water crossed from the Bund. He said now only 0.5 million cusecs were passing from the River Indus and the water would not inflict loss to the bunds. He said the irrigation staff, machinery and other necessary equipment were already in the area and there was full preparation to face the expected flow of water about to pass from Sukkur.


He said most of the residents of the flooded villages had shifted to safer areas while some of them had reached the camps already set up by the government where food, medicines and other necessary items had been provided. He said snakebite vaccine had also been made available.


Chairman NDMA Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem also visited the affected areas of River Indus flood near Aakil-Aagani bund along with the district management and irrigation officials.