ISLAMABAD, Sept.17 (Xinhua) -- Recent floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in southern Pakistan have killed nearly 300 people and affected 6 million more, according to the latest figures released by the country's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Saturday.
The floods caused damage to an area of 7.987 million acres and swept away standing crops in the whole affected areas, said NDMA.
According to NDMA, floods have affected all the 23 districts of Sindh province and completely damaged a total of 539,899 houses while another 848,412 houses have suffered partial damage.
More than 80,000 livestock have been washed away by flood waters in Sindh while cotton, banana, dates, chili and sugarcane on 2,800,000 acres of land have been destroyed or affected. About 31,960 villages have been badly affected by the floods.
The first spell of rain that started on Aug. 11 mainly affected 7 districts of Sindh province while an ongoing second spell has hit the entire province including Karachi.
An estimated 415,195 people are presently living in some 2,656 makeshift relief camps including schools and public buildings across Sindh, said NDMA.
Some 5.74 million people in different districts of the province have been affected by the floods and thousands of them are camped out on higher ground or on roadsides.
Pakistan Army has been busy in rescue and relief operation and so far rescued more than 100,000 marooned people along with their cattle from various water inundated areas.
Pakistan Navy teams are also busy in rescue work in the flood affected areas and evacuated 11,000 victims.
The Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, who had canceled his visit to the United States due to the floods, started visit to the flood-hit Sindh province. Officials briefed him about the losses.
In response to the appeal from President Asif Ali Zardari, China has announced that it will supply relief goods worth 4.7 million U.S. dollars for Pakistan's flood victims. Iran has announced 100-million-US-dollar aid for the rehabilitation of the rain-affected people of Sindh. Japan has announced emergency relief goods worth 450,000 US dollars. The relief goods include tents, water purifiers and medicines.
South Korea has decided to provide emergency assistance worth 200,000 U.S. dollars in relief goods. The European Commission announced that 10 million euros would be provided in emergency relief. Donations by German people for the flood victims in Pakistan have increased to over 210 million US dollars. The Red Cross Society of China has donated 50,000 U.S. dollars in cash as an emergency aid to Pakistan.
The UN-led humanitarian community in Pakistan is seeking 337 million U.S. dollars from donor countries for an emergency response plan to support the government in addressing the needs of flood-affected families in Sindh.
The United States is sending food aid for nearly 350,000 people and medical assistance for about 500,000 people. UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon formally called on the international community to help Pakistan. A team of UN agencies is currently visiting the affected areas for a needs assessment.
According to media news things are going bad to worst in Pakistan flood affected areas. Due to worst flood over five million people have already displaced and urgent need of food and shelter. Four million acres agriculture land already swept away in flood water and economic cost of flood disaster is causing further harm to country weak economy. Most of the affected people are still not able to start their lives after last year worst flood of Pakistan history. Due to last year flood millions of people are still homeless in affected areas and still not able to get any assistance from government. Pakistan government has already appeal for international help. According to aid agencies world response is very slow and due to continues rains, worst weather and bad infrastructure rescue teams and aid agencies are still not able to provide any help to most of affected people.
Pakistani media is showing miserable picture of affected people most of them are living besides roads and trying hard to save their castles, daily necessities of life, and small children from raising flood water. Ruling party PPP and its partner MQM Altaf province is worst affected from recent floods and urgent need of food and shelters but unfortunately instead of providing any help to affected people both parties are wasting their energies on non issues and fighting each other. Battle of words between ruling party Zulfiqar Mira and MQM Altaf is still going on both rivals are still using worst language and serious allegations against each other in media but don’t want to discuss genuine issues flood affected peoples, unemployment, worst energy crises and other issues related to their people. In his recent four hours press conference from luxury area of London MQM chairman did not say single word regarding flood affected people of his province which is very unfortunate.
the problem is getting worse day by day,due to no water sanitary system,rain water is still in people's homes & colonies,due to which,a deadly disease is killing people,named "DENGUE",which comes from a MOSQUITO bite "