CM visits 11 districts in three days to inspect flood relief distribution

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Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, on his final leg of a visit to 11 flooded districts in three divisions of the province in three days, urged concerned officials to drain rainwater from the districts from Matiari, Nawabshah and Sanghar into the Rohri channel for which Markh Wah and other drains would be used.

CM of Rohri Canal in Matiari District held a meeting with Minister of Irrigation Jam Khan Shoro, Minister of Revenue Makhdoom Mahboob and irrigation experts and decided that the water flooding more than 100 small and major villages of four union councils of New Saeedabad would be phased out by the Markh Wah distributor, but for this purpose a small canal from Khor Wah to Rohri canal would be constructed to supply the missing connection.

He ordered Revenue Minister Makhdoom Mahboob to monitor the excavation of the new canal and ensure its completion within two to three days so that flood water drainage could begin.

The meeting also pointed out that water from Udero Lal, Jhando Mari and other areas of Sanghar could also be discharged through the Markh Wah. “I visited the Chhandan drain crossing the national road in Matiari regions which was flowing at its dead level. I think it is blocked somewhere else it would have to carry rainwater from upper Matiari to the Indus River,” he said and ordered irrigation engineers to inspect the drain and make it functional to clean up flooded villages.

When the meeting started at the Khor Wah site and the Minister of Irrigation started informing the CM through an irrigation map, the residents living in tents gathered there. They told the CM they were given relief goods, including ration bags, and lived peacefully in the tents, but ‘we are not happy here even though we are provided with rich food and a life of luxury’ . They added, “We want to return to our ancestral villages to live life our way.”

The CM told them that his visit was purely based on exploring a way out to drain the flood waters from the affected villages. “I feel your condition – you and your wives cannot live along the roads and prefer to feel comfortable in their katcha homes, with their livestock and agricultural goods,” he said and assured them that they would be sent home once the floodwaters were drained.

Shah then proceeded to Rohri Canal where he received another briefing from irrigation engineers and he finally decided to start rainwater drainage to clean villages and other built-up areas flooded by flood waters . On the way to Naushehro Feroze, he visited a tent city at Malook Khaskheli village of Matiari district. When he saw a makeshift prayer house/madrasa set up in a tent, he went inside, where a teacher was teaching the Holy Quran to young children.

The CM spent time with the children, interacted with them and their teacher and assured them that they would soon be sent back to their village mosque.

Shah appreciated the teacher for continuing to teach the Holy Quran even after losing his mosque and religious seminary to heavy rains. He also met with the tent dwellers and heard about their troubles and asked one of them to give him his mobile number for more details later that evening.

At the end of his hectic three days of sightseeing, the CM took an aerial view of Nawabshah, Daur and adjacent areas inundated by floodwaters. Late in the evening he returned to Karachi. The CM visited all 11 districts of Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad divisions – Sujawal, Thatta, Tando Mohamad khan, Badin, Tando Allahyar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Sanghar, Matiari, Naushehro Feroze and Nawabshah – in three days.

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