LARKANA The deluge continued spreading devastation across Qamber-Shahdadkot, as the area of Gaji Khuhawar, with a 50,000 population, was submerged in Tehsil Warah on Monday.
The floodwaters from Qamber-Shahdadkot was now flowing in southward direction and at least 100 villages in Mehar and Khairpur Nathan Shah talukas of District Dadu became the latest victims of devastation while Johi was on high alert as its inundation was imminent.
In Qamber-Shahdadkot, the villages of Mehrban village, Yar Mohammed Village, Kario Khan and Lashkar Khan were inundated while thousands of people were marooned in the villages of Madolink, Suprio, Jan Mohammad Kerio, Choor Lajani, Kamal Khan and others in Dadu.
On the other hand, no maintenance work was visible on the part of the authorities, as the villagers were strengthening the protective embankments on their own.
The FP Bund along with Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD) and Main Nara Valley Drain (MNVD) passing through Qamber-Shahdadkot and Dadu was also sustaining severe pressure and several breaches were reported during the last two days.
The floodwater was still a threat to Aqil-Agani and Nusrat loop banks on River Indus although the water level in the river was receding.
On the other hand, the number of patients visiting the Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana is increasing, as the flood affectees do not have access to clean water and healthy food.
Dozens of affectees, including men and women, reached the DCO Larkana Office and forced their way into the premises and staged a sit-in for hours, as they demanded urgent action regarding quality food and genuine registration.
To avoid public wrath, the office staff opted to 'run for safety as fake lists are being prepared to accommodate their favourites.
The media men observed that the miserable conditions prevailed in the relief camps established at the schools, parks, roadsides and other places, as the people are facing great hardships.
Many vehicles loaded with relief goods have been looted but the affectees are getting two times substandard meals.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 31-Aug-2010 here.