Relief activities underway in drought-hit Tharparkar

Relief activities underway in drought-hit Tharparkar

hlprTHARPARKAR: At least five more children died of malnutrition and famine in Chachro tehsil of Tharparkar district in Sindh on Sunday.

Chachro is among those areas of Tharparkar where the Sindh government hasn’t started relief operation. Dozens of children are admitted to public and private hospitals of the district.

Several prominent members of the Sindh government have visited the famine-hit areas but relief activities are still facing delay due to which the affectees are forced to move to other places.

PML-N leader and Member National Assembly Marvi Memon visited Mithi area of Tharparkar. While talking to media she said Sindh government is responsible for the situation of Tharparkar, adding that the hundreds of lives are at stake due to the negligence of Sindh government. She said that the federal government will provide every possible assistance to overcome the situation soon. She said that the federal government did not want to indulge in blame game over the issue.

Meanwhile Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon while taking to media said the deaths of children were portrayed in wrong manner, adding that most of the children were died due to severe cold and famine. He said that the children not died due to drought. He said that the provincial government is using all available resources for overcoming the situation. He said Rs 420 million has been allocated for provision of wheat to affectees and Rs 10 million has been allocated for provision of medicines. He said 95 percent population lives in dessert areas and it is difficult to approach them.

On the other hand, Pakistan army, Sindh Rangers and various NGOs have set up their relief camps in Relief camps will also be set up at Mithi‚ Chachhro‚ Nangarparker‚ Islamkot, Diplo and other areas.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)‚ the army teams are helping the people getting medical treatment and food. A field hospital has been established to provide healthcare to the malnourished and sick.

General Officer Commanding Hyderabad Garrison Major General Inam is in the area to oversee the ongoing relief efforts, ISPR said.

Rangers have so far sent 16 trucks of edible items that will be distributed among 2500 families.

Relief activities are underway in drought-hit Tharparkar district of Sindh where over 200 children have died due to malnutrition or negligence over the past few weeks.

Although the Sindh government has announced to kick off its relief activities, hundreds of affected families across the district are still awaiting food aid from the authorities. Reports said that the distribution work has not so far been started despite the fact that 60,000 wheat bags have arrived in Mithi, the district headquarter of Thar.

The Sindh govt. has announced Rs 100 mln food package for Tharparkar which is spread over 22,000 square kilometres with a population of about 1.5 million residing in 2,300 villages and urban settlements.

In recent days, thousands of families have been affected by the drought which compelled them to leave their homes and move to other areas in search of water.

Hundreds of domestic animals and peacocks have died in the desert due to outbreak of disease.

According to details, the miseries of people, living in the outskirts of desert district, have further increased as relief activities were yet to be started in such areas. At least 200,000 people are affected by the drought in the area.

The situation in far-flung areas, where the people were facing acute shortage of food, has worsened and they were using chilies to fight the starvation.

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