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Flood in Hyderabad claims five lives; several people go missing.

HYDERABAD, Aug. 4 -- At least five people including a woman drowned in floods and several are missing in suburb areas of Hyderabad Town while the flood affectees have expressed concerns over slow rescue work.

As per details five people Asif, Allah Ditta, Feroz and Nawaz have drowned and hundreds are missing in floods while the residents are facing acute inconvenience, as rescue work is very slow in flood-hit areas of Hyderabad. Floodwater has submerged houses and fields in Shah Pur, Sahiwaal, Tarkhaan and other areas of Hyderabad Town.

Flood waters entered Daira Deen Panah city and its rural suburbs on Tuesday after more than 900,000 cusecs water current, that passed through Tansa Barrage last Monday, broke Abbas Wala Spur.

However, people had shifted to other places by the time the flood waters entered the town area due to early warning announcements by the administration and the cooperative attitude of the people.

The town and its susburban areas were vacated within three hours, officials said. Indus river was already in high flood situtaion when the 900,000 cusec plus stream of water was added to its might.

However, Commissioner DG Khan Hassan Iqbal said there are unconfirmed reports regarding death of a person.

After passing through Taunsa Barrage Monday, the deluge broke Abbas Wala Spur Tuesday morning exposing Daira Deen Panah, a town of district Muzaffargarh located near Taunsa tehsil of district DG Khan.

This development also put tehsil Kotaddu of Muzaffargarh district at risk prompting officials to break Haji Wala Spur to reduce the risk by diverting the flow of water. The residents of Kotaddu have been asked to leave the city area to safer places because officials believe the threat was reduced but not yet over.

The flood waters covered the Daira Deen Panah-Kot Addu section of GT road while Daira Deen Panah city was also submerged.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, on Tuesday held a video-conferencing meeting with Administrators/ D.C.Os of Sukkur, Shikarpur, Ghotki and Kashmore districts regarding flood situation there, at the conference room of the CM House in Karachi.

He inquired from them about latest position of discharge of water at various barrages of Sindh. The Chief Minister directed to immediately shift the people from 'Katcha' areas to safer places; relief and medical camps be properly looked after and supply of food to affected people be ensured.

He further directed to ensure availability of 'beldars'/ people on bunds for proper vigilance and patrolling so that there is no incident of breach.

The DCO Kashmore, Syed Abid Ali Shah, informed the Chief Minister that there is medium flood and upstream discharge is 3,54,000 cusecs while staff of Irrigation and Power Department, personnel of Armed Forces and Rangers are patrolling flood protective bunds.

He further informed that 26 relief camps have been established while 10,000 persons have been shifted to safer places out of them 4,000 people were evacuated through launches/boats and 6,000 persons have voluntarily left their homes and shifted to safer places.

He also informed that there is proper patrolling on bunds and local zamindars and elected representatives are fully cooperating.

DCO Ghotki, Abdul Aziz Uqaili, informed that they had six-hour patrolling yesterday on flood protective bunds accompanied by Sindh Revenue Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar; Mian Mithoo, MNA; Ahmed Ali Pitafi, MPA and others.

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Publication:The Statesman (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9INDI
Date:Aug 4, 2010
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