KARACHI Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Saturday rejected the allegations of intentional cuts in the main protective embankments along River Indus and termed the propaganda a campaign launched by some elements to malign the elected government. He said the PPP was a people-friendly party, which believes in serving the poor masses. He was talking to journalists at Circuit House Thatta where he had arrived to visit the flood-hit areas for getting first-hand information about the relief and rescue operation and the measures being taken by the authorities concerned. Qaim said the province had suffered an estimated loss of Rs550 billion so far in terms of infrastructure, crops, housing and other sectors while it was feared to shoot up to Rs750 billion. He said all the resources available with the Sindh govt were being utilised to conduct the rescue and relief operation efficiently, adding the process would continue till the people return to their homes and rehabilitated accordingly. The CM said the breaches at Torhi and Surjani embankments besides PB Canal were a result of water overflowing the dykes or the consistent pressure mounted by unexceptionally high floodwaters, as the embankments had not been properly maintained for the last 15 years. He said the work to repair the breach at PB Canal was being carried out round the clock as 15 feet portion had been plugged successfully while the remaining task would be achieved within three days with the help of Army's Engineering Corps. When asked why the residents of Thatta city were given only two hours to leave for safer places, Qaim said since the Thatta City was located at a relatively high altitude it could be saved from inundation, but the citizens had been advised to vacate as a precautionary measure to ensure their safety. On this, Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza, who was sitting along side the CM, clarified that they had asked the people within 48 hours and not to panic as the floodwater was still at distance while the situation was not so much alarming. But unfortunately, a section of media created fright among the public through unauthentic news and views. Mirza further said sufficient arrangements had been made for the uprooted people in Karachi but they were reluctant to shift because of their animals and properties. Qaim reminded reporters that the floods were unprecedented in the history of the country and even the United Nation had remarked that the floods were more devastating then the Tsunami. Ensure the safety of people were given the top priority, which proved by the fact that only 25 person had lost their lives including the six who drowned in Thatta.