Witnessing the Rage of Indus

Vom Kindernothilfe-Partner SSEWA-Pak PME aus Pakistan erreichte uns folgender Bericht:
We visited Upper Sindh to analyze the situation in targeted districts. The main motive was to document present conditions and to coordinate with local authorities. Second agenda on the list was to assess partners in field and resources those are available and can be tapped down from UN and other donors.

While crossing the Indus at Sukkur the river gave a nerve-racking expression as no one among the team members have ever seen it on this pinnacle before. The span between the banks was near to 2 km and the water was touching upper bank walls, searching weak edges to spurt out. The suburbs of Sukkur city were swarming with displaced people from different villages that came or threatened to come underwater, even Sukkur city was under chaos that the water has entered the city premises. The road to Sheikarpur was busy with heavy loads carrying displaced people.

The main highway to Kandhkot was blocked because water from Tori Band in up river, got breached that halted the movement from either side. There were controverses on Tori Band breach, because local people say that it was an official fix to save lands of notables. Not all the routs to Kandhkot were blocked, so the team picked another road, which was safe so far. Almost all the villages seen on the way were deserted giving a haunted feeling. The population was on the move to safer grounds and the road was overcrowded with families either walking or utilizing every possible means of transportation and farmers taking their animals to get out of the area, which was under threat to be hit by floodwater anytime.

On visiting the UC Ghouspur the scene was not different: people were on the roadside with their belongings loading in trucks and other means of transportations, the fares were rocketing as they have tripled for taking few kilometers away from the affected area. Still many decided to stay on the roadside, because they can’t afford the sky-high fares and wanted to keep an eye on the housing structures that were still standing in the water. The misery on their face was obvious from distance as water washed away all their hard work they’d done in the fields, as the entire community is attached to agriculture and few with farming fish.

The villages on the sides of canal RD 219 were the first to hit in the area by the breach in Tori Band in UC Ghouspur.

One wall of Mushtak’s house collapsed, while he told his story
Mushtak, son of Aleef Khan, comes from the village Saiful-Mirani. He told us his story while standing on the half submerged road and his house in the background about 70 meters away was surrounded by fast flowing water.
“I have a wife and two daughters. My uncle’s house is next to our house. We were preparing to leave our village and gathering all our belonging on the veranda of our house, when suddenly we heard the water coming. So we left everything; I took my family and moved to the roadside. The water never gave us a chance to collect a few necessary things and we are not able to go and take things out, because the water current is high and since last three days it has not lessened, rather increased. I’m waiting for the opportunity to collect things for my family’s survival.”
Standing on a half drown road one can easily judge, that the water current is very high. It will wash away Mushtak’s belongings and house structure. One wall of the house collapsed with huge sound while Mushtak was expressing his views.

“We are starving!”
Gulab from the village Saiful-Mirani with his wife, three sons, daughter in-law and four grandchildren was able to save few things, before the water entered their village. “The roof of our house fell on our elder son. Luckily he could escape without any major injuries.”
Gulab was sitting in a bad mood and said: “Nobody came to support us. We are on the roadside starving. People just come and go – no help has come yet. Where should I go and take my children? I have nothing left! All my life’s gain is lost in this cruel waters.“

Murham lost his fish farm
Murham, son of Shafee Mohd, coms from the village Qaseer Khan Mirani. When we saw him, he was in the water trying to bring his belonging to a safe place. He was holding an electric wire attached to the nearby transformer, which in normal condition no one could imagine of trying the idea! He was shouting from other side of the canal that he lost everything including his fish farm, which was holding worth 2 million Rupees fish.

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