Thatta: Hundreds of hungry families blocked a road in southern Pakistan affected by flooding on Wednesday urging the government to provide more food to the United Nations warned of a “triple threat” of desperate survivors.
Up to 500 people from a relief camp run by the government in the town of Thatta, in the worst hit province of Sindh, have blocked the main road between Karachi and Thatta town for three hours calls to State to provide food and shelter. “No food or water was given to us over the past two days,” Mohammad Qasim, a resident of 60 years in the flooded city Sujawal, told AFP.
The World Food Program has issued a stark warning about the threats to food supplies after a month of devastating floods that affected 18 million people are at the helm south on the road to the Arabian Sea. The Pakistani government – widely painted as corrupt and mired in bureaucracy and power struggles – has been spotted in the national media over its response to flooding and has been the object of anger isolated protests by those who are affected.
While the international community has now won 700 million dollars U.S., the anger was mounted inside the civilian government, which has staggered from crisis to crisis in the 30 months following the election. “There’s a triple threat goes as this crisis continues and deepens, the World Food Programme chief Josette Sheeran said in a press conference in Islamabad on Tuesday after visiting the flooded areas. triple threat is the loss of the people of seed crops and incomes, leaving them vulnerable to hunger, homelessness and despair – the situation is extremely critical, "she said.
The destruction of farmland and transportation links, food prices have exploded, vent frustration among the masses already struggling to make ends meet in the fragile economy of Pakistan. In comments TV Wednesday, the Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said the Prime Minister of his cabinet that the flood had "destroyed major infrastructure, and the government tries to cope with the crisis.”
The floods have engulfed the country’s fifth-volatile 167 million, 3.4 million hectares (8,400,000 acres) of rich farmland destroyed, according to recent UN figures. "We need to put much more (food). We are always looking for a workload in urgent need of around six million, but by water, always moving, it is very possible that this number will increase, “WFP spokesman Marcus Prior told AFP.
Between the time the water flows south in the province of Sindh in a city and another threat on the eastern bank of the Indus swollen. “Water has entered the outskirts of the town of Jati and is two kilometers (1.25 miles) form Choohar Jamali city, “senior city official Hadi Bakhsh Kalhoro AFP, adding that thousands of people were trapped in the two cities. Kalhoro says cuts current were preventing relief, but said that all other districts in the southern province was now safe.
The Government of Pakistan confirmed that the 1645 and 2479 people were injured, but officials warn that millions are at risk of malnutrition and disease. UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said the disaster has affected nearly 8.6 million children whose deaths are a greater risk of waterborne diseases, clean water, good nutrition, hygiene and vaccination is not done. – AFP