MURIDKE/SHEIKHUPURA
The flood-affected people of villages Allu Multani, Fatehpur Kuthiala Virkan and Bedadpur Virkan of tehsil Mandi Muridke, and other parts of district Sheikhupura are awaiting financial assistance and relief.
Several residents of these worst-hit villages, including Hidayat Ali, Haji Muhammad Maalik Dhilon, Iftikhar Ahmed, Muhammad Shahbaz Sindhu and Anwar Dhilon, told The Nation that their areas had been flooded with five to seven feet water for over 15 days. Their cattle were dying without fodder and their precious household items had been destroyed, they lamented. They added the people were unable to enter their houses while the floodwater had totally paralysed their life.
They have appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to provide compensation and relief to the residents of these villages.
Moreover, the buildings, machinery and stock of 700 industrial units located in Ferozewala and Muridke Tehsils had been destroyed in floods. While more than 70,000 acre of paddy crop in-undated in the water. The flood control centre set up either in district or tehsil headquarters had failed to intimate the flood situation causing billions of rupees loss to industrial and agriculture sector, said the chairman of Sheikhupura Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Manzoor Malik.
He was accompanied by President A R Khan while talking to The Nation here on Wednesday. The chairman held responsible the district administration and irrigation department officials including chief engineers, superintendent engineer, XEN and other for the miseries.
The damaged industrial units would take about two years to make them in re-working condition, the chairman informed. The water of three water courses Nullah Bhair, Lillah and Dek after being over-flowed entered into factories, localities and crops.
The irrigation department had never bothered to carry out the desalting process of the these nullahs regularly. Had the department continued this process every year, there would have been no such drastic loss to the industrialists and agriculturists, claimed the chairman.
He demanded that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif should intervene into the matter and declare the flood-effected areas as calamity hit as soon as possible. Otherwise the matter would be taken up in Lahore High Court to expose the negligence of the officials concerned.