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Monday Aug 10 2020
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More than 350 villages inundated in Dadu as rain wreaks havoc in Sindh

Pakistan Army officials rescue flood-affected people in Dadu's Johi area, on August 9, 2020. Photo: APP/Farhan Khan

DADU: More than 350 villages in Sindh’s Dadu district have been inundated after four days of heavy downpour in the province made life difficult for the local population.

More than 300 people have been rescued by the Pakistan Army in collaboration with local authorities as relief and rescue operation continues throughout the district.

According to PPI, at least 50 villages were reportedly submerged in the district, with 200 clay houses collapsing and hundreds of solar tube wells submerged in water due to torrential rains causing power outages in surrounding areas. 

The military’s media wing, ISPR on Sunday had said Pakistan Army boats had been rescuing stranded people and transporting them to "safer places". It also said that a medical camp has been established to provide care to the affectees and hot meals were being given to people.

The ISPR had further stated that rangers and army personnel have rescued more than 100 people from the Johi Tehsil of the district.

PDMA dispatches relief items

Separately the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Sindh had said it had dispatched six motorboats and more than 5,000 rescue and relief items including tents, mosquito nets, jerrycans, water coolers and kitchen sets to Deputy Commissioner Dadu on Saturday to facilitate those affected by the flash floods in Johi area.

The PDMA also said that it was in continuous contact with the Army and Navy to initiate air assistance and rescue through helicopters of stranded people.

Rescue efforts by the army in Dadu had begun on Saturday after heavy rains breached the Nai Gaj Dam flooding the nearby villages.

The ISPR had said that the recent rains have caused damage to the Nai Gaj Dam, resulting in the breach of the flood protection bund of the dam. It had also said that at least 12 villages of the district were badly affected by the breach.