Syed Salman Shah, director general (DG) of Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh chapter, has admitted the fact under the current conditions his organization is finding it very hard to even provide tents to over two million families who, after losing their homes and settlements in the floods, have moved to roadsides in 23 districts of the province.
Talking to the media on Wednesday, Shah said that whatever tents PDMA had in its stocks had already provided them to the displaced families and still over 85 percent people needed tents and other relief items to seek shelter during the heavy rainfalls in coming days till waters receded marooned areas. DG Mr Shah said at least 10 million were displaced in all 23 districts of the province adding he said tens of thousands of the houses and other structures had collapsed after rain and flood waters stagnated around them mainly due to the continuous rains in most ravaged areas. “Keeping in view this, I fully endorse the viewpoint of Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah that Sindh government that with meagre resources we alone cannot provide relief and rehabilitate all the affected families,” he added. He said during the fresh spells of the rains so far over 300 hundred people were killed in rain related incidents and tens of thousands of livestock also perished and over 90 percent standing crops were damaged by floodwaters.