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More than 500 houses collapsed in affected areas

KARACHI: The rainfall wrecked havoc with the downtrodden communities and destroyed more than 500 houses in Tharparkar, Badin and Thatta districts.

Though, the untimely rain started early morning on Wednesday was stopped on Friday morning, the fearful people were still seen carrying belongings shifting to safer places. Some 50 villages in Tharparkar district were still under water and families have left their abodes, but still waiting for water and food in ordinary relief camps.

Rain badly affected Seerani and Mithi in Badin district. Around 90 percent areas have come under the water and people were shifting to their relatives and safe places on their own. In Mithi more than 100 houses collapsed in Muslim Colony and Lohar Colony. More than 250 people waiting for help were rescued by a boat provided by Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) in Mithi. The low-lying localities in towns and villages have completely come under the rain water and there is no safe way to shift families.

Sohail Siddiqui, associated with a humanitarian organisation, quoting a government official said that about 2400 people hailing from different desert villages of Thar have been shifted to relief camps set up in nearby towns— 400 people in Nao Kot Town relief camps while 1,500 people reached Kaloi town where they are in urgent need of drinking water and food.

In Jati Town sharing updates said a part of police station, including lockup was collapsed unexpectedly and prisoners were saved. The policemen took three prisoners for a lunch outside hardly 10 minutes before the building collapsed. The entire communication system in the wide coastal area has been collapsed and they are facing difficulties to communicate with the people marooned in the rain water. More than 30 houses were reportedly collapsed in heavy rains.

The rainwater has damaged bridges and link roads and a large number of people are still stranded in their far off villages. In Jati Town 200 residents shifted to the Government Higher Secondary School on self-help basis are still in need of safe drinking water and food. Other people came to government school buildings and abandoned health units near their villages but are without any help.

Reports from Badin said volunteers had rescued 100 people from different low lying villages and shifted them to ordinarily set up relief camps on Friday morning. Since the road network was destroyed. the people marooned in far off villages are still there.