SHC resents delay in floodwater disposal from KN Shah, tells Dadu DC to share ‘time frame’

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A division bench of the Sindh High Court’s Hyderabad circuit on Tuesday expressed its resentment over the delay in drainage of floodwater from Khairpur Nathan Shah while calling out Dadu deputy commissioner for the pace of the dewatering.

Floodwaters are constantly and rapidly receding in different parts of Dadu district as a result of the Sept 4 official “relief cut” — applied at the RD-14 dyke to ease the immense pressure on Manchhar Lake — and many breaches in canals and tributaries.

However, the worst-ever flooding in KN Shah, Bhan Syedabad, Johi and certain other parts of the district is yet to show any sign of normal life being restored in near future.

Record monsoon rains and glacial melt in Pakistan have triggered the flooding that has impacted nearly 33 million people, sweeping away homes, crops, bridges, roads and livestock in damages estimated at $30 billion.

Sindh is the worst-hit province so far, accounting for the most deaths and injuries. The province, where floodwaters descending from the country’s north and hill torrents from Balochistan have converged to give rise to a health crisis, has seen thousands displaced by deluges and now being inflicted by various diseases, mainly water-borne.