KARACHI - The port city thirsty for water while citizens facing massive trouble in the scorching heat waves in metropolis, families of dead people have complaint “no water for bath to dead bodies of their love once”, The Learnt on Tuesday.
The scorching heat waves gripped the port city since the 1st Ramadan and claimed more than 600 lives till Tuesday. The historical hot weather exposed the failures of all civic authorities especially water and power organisations.
Residents of the various localities of Karachi frequently staging protest for a simple demand of water, shouting “Pani Do Pani Do”.
At the morgues of Edhi Foundation and Khidmat-e-Khalaq Foundation people were crying against the government and other relevant authorities. They were deprived of water and uninterrupted power supply during Ramadan and blamed KE and KW&SB for the deaths of their love ones.
Abdul Yaqoob, resident of Nusrat Bhutto Colony said that his brother died due to heat stroke. “My brother was pronounced his dead in the hospital”, he told. He further said that after returning home along with the dead body they had no water to wash the body and had asked neighborers to bathe the dead body.
Severe water shortage has worsened the situation in a city of roughly 20 million.
“During the last three months I haven't received a single drop of water from supply line,” says Yameen Islam resident of Baldia Town. He told that on Monday his brother in law has passed away but they did provide bathe to his body and were forced to take the body to the bathing place for the last bath.
The water crisis turns into worst situation from 1st Ramadan due to prolong power suspension across the city especially water pumping stations by K-Electric. It’s worth mentioning here that Minister local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon and Ranger Sindh made tall claims about the operation against the illegal water hydrants but the operation remains in limbo. There has been total 21 legal hydrants operating in the city while more than 100 illegal hydrants operates in the metropolis. Sources privy to the matter revealed that Sindh Government, local government and law enforcement agencies are inchoate for lucrative business of water.
The blame game continues between the K-Electric and Water Board administration as Water Board held KE responsible of the acute water shortage across the metropolis. KWSB official said that 68 million gallon water supply has been dropped due to power suspension at water pumping stations. Spokesperson further claimed that free water tanker service has continued in various areas of the metropolis.
NAVY SETS UP 2 RELIEF CENTRES
Pakistan Navy has established two Heat Stroke Relief Centres in the metropolis in view of the sizzling weather in Karachi.
Spokesperson of Pakistan Navy, Lt Zobia Zaman, on Tuesday said that these centres have been set up at PNS Shifa and Rahat. She said these centre had officially started functioning from Tuesday. As many as five patients have already been treated there, he added. The centres have been established on the directive of Commander Karachi, Vice Admiral Arifullah Hussaini.
Moreover, in view of sizzling heat in Lower Sindh, the Pakistan Army has set up six heatstroke relief centres in different cities of interior Sindh to provide medical assistance to affectees.
According to an ISPR release issued here on Tuesday, Hyderabad Garrison of Pakistan Army set up heatstroke relief centres with all available facilities in Hyderabad, Badin, Chorr, Jamshoro and Sehwan where sick people are being treated by the teams of experts. These Pakistan Army Hyderabad Garrison has set up these heatstroke centres on self-help basis with objective to save the precious lives of heatstroke victims. The affected people have been advised to contact with these centres with immediate effect for first-aid.