Hundreds of flood affectees in Rajanpur district, Punjab, are awaiting government aid as they continue to camp on roads to escape the devastation of high water levels in their villages and towns, reports Ilyas Gabol for Samaa News.
According to the affectees, no one from the government has reached out to them with relief packages.
“No one has come here to deliver relief package to us despite several claims by the government that aid is being disbursed among the needy persons,” a flood victim told Samaa.
Another woman said, “We are helplessly sitting on the side of the road fending for ourselves and cooking whatever is available.”
She requested the authorities to send help immediately.
’90 per cent of people still await assistance’: Faisal Edhi
Faisal Edhi of the Edhi Foundation said that the situation is critical and warned that it’s going to worsen.
He highlighted that people’s participation in relief work as compared to the 2010 floods and 2005 earthquake in Pakistan isn’t sufficient.
Edhi revealed that despite a great deal of effort made by the Edhi Foundation, government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), help has reached 10 percent of people. “90 per cent of them still await assistance,” he observed.
“There are people who say that they don’t want to come to the streets with their children. They only ask for food. Water has entered their houses,” he said.
Moreover, he said he fears that international migration from Pakistan will begin as thirty to forty million people have been affected by the catastrophe.
In the last 24 hours, 57 more deaths have occurred which has taken the death toll to 1,265.
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