Heavy rains and flash floods have killed 191 individuals in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous and politically essential province, up to now. Of those, 50 are younger youngsters, as per the official tally.
Practically 4,000 individuals have been injured, of which 572 are youngsters, whereas a complete of 673,970 individuals have been affected by the floods.
One of many worst-hit areas within the province is Dera Ghazi Khan, the place over 24,000 properties have been partially or totally broken, forcing individuals to take shelter with neighbours or in tents.
Mangrotha in DG Khan is without doubt one of the hardest-hit areas.
On August 14, at 1:30 pm, water gushed down the hills into Mangrotha, tearing down 110 properties and displacing many households.
Many of the residents are each day wagers, who earn as little as Rs600 to Rs700 per day. To reconstruct a single-room residence will value up them to Rs500,000. Cash which they don’t have.
Households in Mangrotha inform Geo.television that nobody from the federal government has visited them, and neither have they acquired any official support.
Bored with ready for the federal government to assist, the survivors have pooled in cash to rebuild their properties on their very own, one after the other.
Ameera Mai, a resident of Mangrotha, has now pitched a tent the place her residence was.
Dwelling within the tent along with her are seven youngsters and three widows. Within the floods, she misplaced her residence, her belongings, her goats and the wheat she had saved for your complete 12 months to feed her household.
One other worst-hit in Punjab is a village in Taunsa.
The floods struck Taunsa on July 26 within the early morning. The water rose as excessive as 16-feet killing 10 individuals, largely youngsters.
Chief Minister Punjab Pervaiz Elahi and former prime minister Imran Khan visited the village not too long ago.
Villagers say the chief minister distributed cheques of Rs800,000 however to solely these households who had misplaced a member of the family. The remainder of the survivors say they acquired nothing from the federal government.
A number of households informed Geo.television that the previous prime minister purchased 20 vans with him. However after Khan left, the vans did too with out distributing something.
Khadim, who lives in Taunsa, misplaced his spouse and two youngsters — aged 4 years outdated and eight months.
He has but not discovered his 4-year-old little one’s physique.
“I simply wish to inform the federal government to please give a roof over our heads. I’ve 5 babies, the place will I’m going within the winter?” he mentioned.
Khadim’s 5 surviving youngsters complain of mosquitoes and flies at evening.
A flood survivor in Taunsa, who together with 13 members of his household is homeless now, informed Geo.television that he has heard Imran Khan name for a brand new election.
“Elections received’t rebuild our properties,” he mentioned.
The floods have prompted heavy infrastructure injury in DG Khan, whereas some areas are nonetheless submerged in water as excessive as 5 ft.