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08-03-2010, 06:58 AM #1
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Death toll in KP flood rises to 1400
PESHAWAR – With the subsiding of floodwaters in various affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday, the concerned authorities have shifted their focus of attention to relief activities from rescue operations in the province.
Relief camps have been established in almost the entire flood affected areas of the province, wherein efforts are underway to address the challenges of hunger, health and shelter. Relief camps for the flood affectees have been established in the Government-run schools, wherein the head of every school would supervise the overall management of the relief camps. More than 400 relief camps have started the relief activities in the calamity-hit areas including district Swat, Dir, Malakand, Nowshera, Mardan, Peshawar and Charsadda.
Despite the ‘lucid’ announcement of the provincial Government that it would take time to ameliorate the conditions of the masses in the traumatic conditions of floods, people are increasingly becoming impatient telling every media outlet that their problems are not being addressed adequately. The affected people held protests in Dasu besides blocking the main GT Road at Nowshera. They were demanding of the concerned authorities to help them in the hour of need.
In the meantime, the people from Zahi Bala, Malak Ziarat Khan Korona have also migrated to Peshawar and Nowshera to take shelter in Kandhar Relief Camp.
However, the rescue operation in Dera Ismail Khan is yet to be rounded up as the villages in Paharipura and Dera-Bakkar road have been badly affected by the floodwaters threatening the lives of the people in the area while hundreds of people are still stranded in the area.
Tehsil Paruwa turned into waterlogged locality with the large section of population failing to sail towards safer places. Similarly, in Thatta-Baluchan Pak-Army is carrying out rescue operation by means of thirty life saving boats to shift the people of the area to secure areas. Subsequently, hundreds of people in Kohistan are still waiting to be shifted to safer places from Kundia, Daiber, Pattan and Spat valleys.
In Dasu, there are many people, including foreigners, stranded in the flooded areas. On the call of a former MNA from Dasu, Maulana Muhammad Ameen, people have started to hold protest demonstrations against what they termed as the apathy of the government to extend any relief to them. In district Swat and Shangla, relief activities are underway wherein edibles and medicines are being given to the affected people.
According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities, there are more than 1.5 million people in the province who have suffered at the hands of the unprecedented floods. The death toll is increasing as according to the unofficial figures, about 1400 people have lost their lives so far with several hundreds are still missing. On the other hand, the official figures have confirmed only 800 death casualiies.
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