KARACHI - Sindh government will make a formal request to the federal government for release of funds, promised for the relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees on priority basis to ensure uninterrupted supplies and payments to affected people as Centre has not fulfilled its promise yet. This decision was taken at a meeting of PMs committee constituted to assess and assist provincial government in relief and rehabilitation work. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah who presided over the meeting at CM House on Friday night, said that the PM had made the announcement to pay Rs20,000 to every affected family and this money was needed now. He underlined the need for greater coordination with foreign NGOs so that they could go to those areas where people need them more. The meeting was told that Sindh government has released Rs5 billion on relief work while Rs1 billion have been released under Pakistan Cards which have been distributed among affected people of Badin and Tando Muhammad Khan. Sindh government needs more funds on immediate basis for making payments to affected people in Benazirabad and Sanghar under Pakistan Cards. Convener Arif while briefing the meeting said that the committee was facing two major issues; one of them is how to drain out stagnant rainwater in marooned areas. The second pressing issue is how to save effected people from the attack of mosquitoes being breaded due to stagnant water, he added. Arif pointed out that provincial health department has imported insecticides from France and India and 500 fogging machines will be required to conduct spray in all rain affected areas. He said that 8 million people had been affected and NDMA had distributed two million family packs of ration among affectees and 310,000 shelters. He pointed out that clusters of United Nations and NGOs have also started relief work in all affected areas. He said people had started going back to their homes in those areas where water has receded. He said that he had written a letter to all DCOs to identify high grounds in their areas for setting up tents in case of flooding or torrential rains in future. These areas will be developed as a place for erecting tents which will have electricity as well as hand pumps for subsoil sweet water, he noted. Senator Nayyar Bukhari said that the federal government was discussing means to generate funds for affectees and do whatever it can to support Sindh government. He said that only US$22 million have been received against the UNs commitment of US$350 million. He said the federal government understands the needs and constraints of Sindh government and the federal government would make all possible efforts to release needed funds. He requested the provincial government to submit a brief to the Premier in this regard. The meeting was informed that affected farmers would require financial support for sowing wheat and sunflowers in those areas where water has receded. It was further informed that about 4.5 million animals have been moved to safer areas in desert. Livestock department has chalked out feeding plan for next 15 days, requiring Rs600 million. The meeting noted that people urgently need mosquito nets in Sanghar, Mirpurkhas and Badin. It was told that 70,000 mosquito nets and 20,000 water purifiers have been ordered. The health experts have been raising fears of waterborne diseases breakout in the calamity-affected areas as various localities in the province are flooded, adding to the miseries of the affected families. The recent downpours have affected tens of thousands of families and ruined infrastructure in the interior parts of Sindh.