Hyderabad: Notices to govt functionaries over flood ‘mismanagement’ issued
HYDERABAD: According to the Dawn News on Wednesday, the Sindh High Court Hyderabad circuit bench on Tuesday issued notices to Chief Secretary, Secretary Irrigation, Relief Commissioner Sindh, DCOs of 10 districts, General Manager Nadra, Secretary Health Sindh, Chairman and Managing Director Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA), DG Health Sindh, EDOs revenue and health of various districts and others on a constitutional petition filed by Ayaz Latif Palejo and six other petitioners. The notices are issued for October 6. The petitioners have sought registration of cases at concerned police stations against people responsible for creating artificial breaches and those displaying criminal negligence towards such acts. They called for issuing directives to Relief Commissioner, DCOs and EDOs revenue Hyderabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Matiari, Tando Mohammad Khan, Benazirabad, Tando Allahyar, Sanghar, Badin and Mirpurkhas for registration of flood victims regardless of their presence in camps or elsewhere and providing them with Watan Cards, hygienic food, clean drinking water and shelter. They called for asking concerned DCOs and Relief Commissioner to submit details of relief work, number of camps and per day budget and register all victims in 10 days and issue them Watan Cards. They said that the Relief Commissioner, DCOs of flood affected districts should be directed to consider each married couple a separate family and compensation of one million rupees for each who died in any camp due to negligence of government, Rs500,000 for each damaged pakka house and Rs300,000 for each katcha, Rs200,000 for damaged shop and Rs250,000 per acre for damaged crop. Families which were unable to return to their homes should be allotted 120 square yards plot in Sukkur, Hyderabad and Karachi and Rs40,000 should be paid against each cow, buffalo, camel, horse, bull lost in floods and Rs6000 for goat, sheep and donkey. They said that two jobs in public and private sector should be created for each affected family and house may be built by the government for those who couldn’t return to their native places due to destruction of houses. They added that secretary and EDO education of affected districts should be asked to arrange formal and informal education of children of survivors in their camps and temporary shelters. Secretary health should be directed for proper vaccination and treatment of victims. They sought directives for secretary irrigation and chief engineer irrigation of Kotri barrage and of other regions so that they should submit report of each and every breach of Manchhar Lake and about the vulnerability of Mulla Katiyar, Bhanote, Sehrish Nagar and Latifabad bunds and breaches in Torhi, Ghouspur and MS bunds. They said that secretary irrigation should be directed to submit detailed report why all bunds of Sindh became so vulnerable and where irrigation funds were spent during last 34 years and as to how much amount was spent on bunds in last three years. They added that a monitoring committee should be formed at taluka level having representation of elected MNA, MPA, former taluka and candidate who stood second in elections, office-bearers of local pres club, official of local chamber of commerce and representative of local bar association for transparency in relief work. They said that officials should assure this court that in future Rive Indus bunds would be strengthened so that floods could pass safely in future and cuts are avoided. They said that persons responsible for artificial breaches and criminal negligence should be punished and cases should be lodged against them. The petitioners claimed that remote parts of northern Sindh had been badly hit by floods. Torhi embankment was mysteriously breached and second defence line of Ghauspur was also breached, inundating Ghauspur, Karampur, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Larkana, Qambar, Shahdadkot, Dadu and Jamshoro districts. Affected people are living on National and Super Highways and on roadsides while crops have been destroyed. They claimed Deputy Chairman Senate Mir Jan Mohammad Khan Jamali had written a letter to high ups, requesting them to take action to ascertain responsibility of devastation caused by Torhi bund which resulted in massive destructions in Jaffarabad of Balochistan. He also claimed the bund was breached to save airbase and he criticised government for mishandling the disaster. It shows that even parliamentarians are demanding inquiry, the petitioners said. They said that initially Sindh irrigation minister admitted that Torhi bund was breached deliberately after peak flow of 1.2 million cusecs passed Guddu downstream adding that MPA Ghulam Mohammad Shahliani accused irrigation minister and Sindh chief minister of breaches. The petitioners said that the MPA, chief minister, irrigation minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo and federal minister Aijaz Jakhrani were responsible for inundating Garhi Kheru as deliberate cuts were given in Begari canal to save Jacobabad. They claimed that the situation in relief camps was worsening as majority of them have no access to drinking water, food and sanitation, increasing ratio of deaths.