Flood victims are still at the mercy of non-profit organisations and the district administration for provision of food and shelter as their earning sources have been flushed away in the floodwater.

Though the water has started receding in the River Chenab, the provision of food and medical facility is becoming harder thus the people are facing acute shortage of medicines and edibles.

According to official sources, there is 75-kilometre long river Chenab belt passing through district Chiniot. The flood of 2010 was only 200,000 cusecs while the current flood is up to 420,000 cusecs which inundated 142 villages of Chiniot. More than 400 houses and standing crops over 137,000 acres were damaged.  Three persons died in flood while two case of each snake-biting and dog-biting were reported and treated properly. The 832 patients were treated in relief activities while 10,000 cattle heads were vaccinated for epidemics.

As per official sources, the government set up nine relief centres which are providing health, shelter, livestock and other facilities round the clock while philanthropists also came ahead for rehabilitation efforts and Ramazan Sugar Mills donated 2 million rupees for which the dry ration was being dispatched to stranded population in the affected villages. Two-time meal is also being provided for them through boats from Iqal Rice Mills while 1,000 hampers were donated by Punjab Disaster Management Authority for distribution to affectees.

However, unofficial sources said, affectees and NGOs working for relief activities claim that magnitude of losses and miseries is much more than portrayed by the administration.  Thousands of affected people whose houses were destroyed still sitting under open sky in villages but no proper relief is given.  The relief camps were installed in areas far from the affected ones due to which in all nine relief camps not a single homeless family came to reside and they prefer to remain either in their damaged houses or migrated to their relatives. The magnitude of more than 400,000 cusecs water was higher than of 2010 when it was only 200,000 cusecs. It caused widespread destruction in over 150 villages.

The most affected villages are Mouza Noor Allah Dad; Lodia; Hersa Bulha; Pir Kot Taja; Mangeeni; Kila Kingran; Dapherkay; Taja Bair Wala; Mouza Nowshera; Mouza Barkhurdar; Mouza Obhan; Tahli Rang Shah; Thatta Mohammad Shah; Bagh Ahmad Wala; Mouza Jageera; Adda Kup; Mouza Sambhal; Darutta  where floodwater not only flushed away their valuables and cattle but also destroyed their houses and crops.

Now the people are still sitting under open sky without houses; electricity; and 4-6 ft water is still surrounding their villages. The road link to these villages has been cut off due to water. Only they get two times baked rice in shoppers if the boats could be able to reach them otherwise their survival is on their wheat which they fry and eat in place of bread. After water recession, the rescue teams’ work has become more difficult as the remaining water is neither so deep that boats could actively swam in it nor is so less that vehicles could ply on the destructed roads. Both the vehicles and boats stuck at various points and rescue workers have to push these up to bring ahead.  In some areas only four-wheelers could reach.

Another problem is about snatching of relief goods by some hungry youth. In the beginning, the hungry people snatch away eatables from the rescue men in boats who were helpless against their anger. Due to this, all the affected people could not get food only survival was of the fittest.  However, the district administration after these complaints has now changed strategy and sending the food items in parcels instead of complete Daig and two policemen also go with each boats for protection of relief goods.

There is dire need of drinkable water as the hand pumps water is drinkable and their tube-wells have been powered off due to electricity suspension. Spreading of epidemics like diarrhea; skin diseases and others are also increasing in these areas due to stagnant water.  The mosquito breeding in this water may also out break dengue and malaria. Although the district administration is claiming to have sent medical teams in each affected area yet people from various areas are still without proper medication.

EDO Health Dr. Aslam Randhawa said that Obhan and some other villages are still inaccessible neither by road link nor by boats. However, he claimed to have provided medical coverage to most of the flood affected population.

Faisalabad Commissioner Najam Ali Shah told media persons after his visit to flood-affected areas of Jhangar Gloteran by a boat, that most of the people were being given meal and dry ration through district administration while philanthropists and NGOs are also working for material support and rescue efforts.  However, he said, natural calamities like flood need time for restoration of normal life.

Thousands of affected people still have no earning as their crops and cattle flushed away in flood; no road links for their access to hospitals, schools and other areas; need medical and livestock facilities for them and their cattle; temporary shelters for stay as their houses were destroyed. They are now waiting for government and other humanitarian organisations for their relief and resettlement. The floodwater which has become stagnant there will not go back and instead will dry up after many weeks. Till then, they have to live on the food to be provided by district administration or NGOs.

Moreover, not a single humanitarian organisation has started work in this village yet some local NGOs including Chaman Welfare Society; Falah Insaniat Foundation (FIF) of banned Jamat-ud-Dawa; Lucky Rescue and Chenab Welfare Society are working for relief and provision of goods to flood affected areas.

Amin Umar Chaman, Executive Director of Chaman Welfare Society, issued an unofficial survey report, according to which floodwater entered in 180 villages; crops on 150,000 acres were inundated; over 1,000 houses were destroyed; 36 schools were damaged. Most of the villages are still facing up to 4-8 ft water. He said that food items scarcity is the main problem of the affected population while snake-biting cases were also on the rise. He said the government should start recovery of the displaced population at the earliest.