With President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani sending out flood relief appeals a little too late, chances are that it will be another 20 days before the donors mobilise their resources.
With the national disaster management authority chief being quoted as saying that it will be another 90 days before water is drained out of districts Badin, Sanghar and Mirpurkhas, it will be a long time before the flood victims are rehabilitated.
Meanwhile, relief is still a long way for thousands living under the open sky and braving the harsh elements of the weather. This picture was taken at a state run relief camp situation next to the Naukot Fort in District Tharparkar. Made using plastic sheets and dried sticks, the makeshift tents are home to thousands of flood victims who fled from Districts Badin, Sanghar and Umerkot.
According to PDMA Sindh, 625, 293 displaced persons are living in similar government-built relief camps across the province.
Providing one meal a day to the victims, the state says it’s doing its bit and hoping that the donors will step forward to help. Meanwhile the president has asked for special prayers, hoping for divine intervention in a man-made disaster.
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