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Steps to be taken to provide relief to Thar famine affectees: CM Sindh

Steps to be taken to provide relief to Thar famine affectees: CM Sindh

qaimMITHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that several practical steps are being taken to provide relief to those affected by the famine in Tharparkar district.

“An agreement with a non-government organisation backed by the Asian Bank and the World Bank is underway,” he said while addressing a press conference. The organisation will be working on providing vocational training in nine districts that have the most poverty.

The Chief Minister added that since livestock was also affected, measures will be taken to improve veterinary facilities.

Many basic health units (BHU) were either non-functional or working nominally. All BHUs will now be made functional; doctors and medicines will be provided. The number of mobile dispensaries will be increased from 14 to 20, he informed.

He assured that distribution of food relief supplies will start in all districts within this week, and every family will get 50 instead of 25 kilograms of wheat.

Unemployment was a major problem in the district, but steps are being taken to deal with it appropriately, he added.

He said it’s the time to go together to resolve crisis and prevent any further loss of life. “We are now providing 50kg each of wheat sacks instead of 25kg to the Thar victims,” stated the chief minister.

“We are trying to adopt steps to protect lives”. He said specialist doctors for children had made it to the location and treating them properly.

The chief minister stated that he could not tell about number of deaths in the district. Shah said livestock could also not be provided fodder due to drought.

He said 14 mobile dispensaries are working round the clock in the affected areas to provide best possible medical facilities to the people.

The Chief Minister announced a compensation of two hundred thousand rupees to parents of each dead child.

He said fifty kilograms of wheat is being distributed among all the affected families free of cost. Qaim Ali Shah said he will continue visiting the area till resolution of the crisis.

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