Rains submerge 20 Thatta villages

The recent spell of heavy rains has wreaked havoc in coastal areas of Thatta district, exposing the poor strategy of the district administration, Minute Mirror learnt on Tuesday.

As many as 20 villages of Mirpur Sakro Taluka, District Thatta, and vast agricultural lands submerged under knee-deep water owing to reverse flow of Jam Sakro and other outfall drains.

Locals have held the Irrigation Department responsible for the situation, saying it had failed to carry out de-silting and de-weeding of choked drains.

They told this scribe that the gates of Jam Sakro drain were dysfunctional and the authorities concerned did not take steps for its revamping that resulted in inundation of over a dozen villages and farmlands. Inundated villages included Rato Khan Rind, Murad Ali Rind, Mir Natheno Rind, Haji Gul Muhammad, Murad Khushik and others.

The villagers also staged a sit-in on Sakro-Thatta Road against the district administration that was yet to start relief activities in troubled areas. They fear that more rains, as predicted, would aggravate the situation.

Kamran Khamiso Khowaja is the district correspondent of Daily Minute Mirror From Thatta and Sujawal. He covers social, political, environmental and cultural stories. He can be reached on Twitter @ZaibSha1 and through email at kamran.khowaja338@gmail.com.