As a result of torrential rains, backward minorities and common people of Sindh suffered.
“Floods are worse than lockdown because of Code 19,” he said. At least later we were allowed comfort and ration bags. The situation is as bad as it is now. Although rescue teams distributed dozens of plates of biryani stains (rice pots), there was not enough food available for the area – thus creating controversy among the people. A local from Umerkot, Sindh said.
The people of Sindh, especially the underprivileged, are facing one challenge after another. Province Home to 47.8 million people About 88% of them are Hindus. Sindh is also one of the poorest regions of the country where almost half of the population lives below the poverty line.
کوویڈ۔ 19 Epidemics Affected the poor and backward classes The work of the poor ended in an invincible manner. In Sindh, some groups arrived to provide relief funds and donations to the local people, but the masses continued to struggle on their own.
Tragedy and floods of thirst
In August 2020, when the corona virus finally settled, heavy rains wreaked havoc. Heavy rains are said to have broken a 36-year record. Residents in the southern part of the province were hardest hit by the rains when they had nothing left after washing their homes and livestock – not even clean drinking water.
Shortage of drinking water Produced an ironic picture of the plight, in which people were surrounded by water, and erected because of its irreparable condition.
The Scheduled Castes of Kohlis, Bhels and Meghwars work in the silent Hindu fields. Due to the flood Thousands lose pepper and cotton crops, For which they worked tirelessly in the sun, not even their property. These backward classes were not ready to help themselves and they had no choice but to face this crisis.
A population of about 1.9 million is affected in Umerkot, Mirpokhas and Mithi areas. “The coronavirus time was not so bad because at least we had a roof over us,” said a resident of Umerkot.
Temporary assistance during the visit of the political leadership
“When Bilawal Bhutto came to comfort us, we were given temporary tents and food, but we got a painful distinction in the process. PPP supporters were given maximum food while some people did not participate. When the party chairman left, the tents were removed from above us.
An uncertain outcome
After the floods, the scene is extremely challenging because there are no medical facilities for people who are exposed to heavy rains to get proper treatment for skin diseases, infections, etc.
In addition to losing homes and refugee sheds, people in the affected areas have been left behind as they have lost their livestock. Because of the government’s crackdown on the virus, people relied heavily on their livestock. They were also counting the days during the rice harvest season, which falls from October to December, so they are able to feed themselves. “But now everything looks dark,” said Nazia, a middle-aged woman.
Explaining his struggle with the floods, a Mithi farmer said, “Our cows died due to the floods. Now we can’t harvest rice. We have lost our cotton crops as well.” Well, at least we didn’t go down without explaining ourselves first. And that’s why I can tell you how bad it is compared to the corona virus.
The plight of these people is increasing day by day as there are no public or private facilities to meet their basic needs.
Errors get worse
Highlighting the current situation, a middle-aged woman said, “Our source of income was selling fruit by the roadside. When COVID-19 hit Pakistan, the time was difficult for us but we somehow managed to reach the area. Some have managed to survive by borrowing from landlords, “he said, adding that” the current situation has left us homeless and mired in debt.
Emotions are becoming more pronounced in his style when he says, “The rain has taken away our homes. We can’t save our children from malaria because we have no shade or space.” “There are no hospitals or medical facilities where we can get basic facilities,” he said.
Weeks have passed since the rains but no medical aid has been provided to the locals. Mosquito attacks made headlines, telling how it was killing animals and people. This situation was recently acknowledged by the President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Mirpur Khas, Mr. Aftab Ahmad Qureshi when he commented: “Mosquitoes are the second biggest problem in the region after standing water in the area. “
The survival variables of the people living in these devastated areas are of no use. They are fighting to keep children and animals safe from infections and diseases. Restoring stability for rural Sindh is a long way off. It will take at least a year to repay the loans and resume the harvest. So far, they are living only on relief activities, which is enough to support only a fraction of the affected communities.
Article prepared رووادر – A blog series about the lives of religious minorities in Pakistan.
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