PPP fails to rehabilitate super flood affectees

PPP fails to rehabilitate super flood affectees

KARACHI: The affectees of 2010 Super Floods out of millions of people from northern districts of Sindh who came to Karachi and started living in makeshift slums have not yet rehabilitated by PPP-led Sindh government.

Some of them started living at Labour Square and Gulshan-e-Maymar under worse conditions with no access to drinking water, sanitation, or even natural gas connections.

And the Labor and Human Resources Department while declaring these poor residents land mafia and land grabbers has issued a notice to the residents of Labour Square to vacate the flats within next ten days.

"We lost everything in the floods. And PPP leadership promised during elections that we will be rehabilitated but now they are forcing us to vacate the land," said Rasheed Ahmed, an affectee at the Labour Square. The 2010 Super Flood, during which the country's lifeline the River Indus had swamped one-fifth of its total basin area, is considered the recent history's worst flooding. According to official data, 78 out of 121 total districts of the country were badly affected by the floods that inundated an area of more than 100,000 square kilometer. And when flood water reached northern Sindh districts along River Indus, a large number of people started migrating from their native places. Some of them were lucky to somehow manage to reach the port city.

And despite passage of five years, these poor farmers did not get to return to their native places. While living in slums, these peasants cannot continue their ancestral profession of farming and now switched to different jobs.

For example, Ghulam Nabi Shar, a traditional farmer in his village Sarang Shar in northern Sindh's Shikarpur district, is now working as mason. Moreover, five years past but they still didn't get official electricity connections.

A large number of flood affectees living in different areas are also facing the same issues. But, the higher authorities are not even aware of their presence.