Karachi, October 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah today held a meeting with UNICEF Mission regarding Emergency Cell for Flood held at Chief Minister House. The meeting was attended by Director Emergency Operations Mr. Ted Chaiban, Director GMA Mrs. Gunila Oisson, CFO, UNICEF Sindh Mr. Andro Shilakadze, Deputy Representative Mr. Karran Allen, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Siddique Memon, Senior Member, Board of Revenue Sindh Mr. Shahzoor Shamoon, Secretary Rehabilitation / Commissioner Karachi Mr. Hashim Raza Zaidi and others. Chief Minister Sindh informed the UNICEF mission that it is since last three years the people of Sindh province are facing hardships due to floods and heavy rains.
He said that a huge amount has been spent on relief and rehabilitation of badly affected people. Syed Qaim Ali Shah added that displaced and affected people have been provided shelter, tents, ration, nets, blankets, medicines and other essential items, while the provincial government has diverted the budgetary allocations reserved for development schemes, towards relief and rehabilitation so as to save the affected people.
He welcomed the cooperation and assistance from UNICEF Mission and said that it is also moral responsibility of UNICEF to further extend its help to affected people. Chief Minister Sindh said that this year due to heavy rains, almost major area of upper Sindh suffered extensively, and yet Sindh areas are under water.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that beside people, houses, crops and other things were totally damaged, while it is essential that a permanent cluster be established at Sukkur while another cluster may be established at Hyderabad. Director Emergency operations assured that UNICEF will support and extend assistance to rain affected people.
He also assured that a plan will be evolved spreading over to next 4 to 6 years with proper management for relief and rehabilitation of flood and rain affected people. He lauded the efforts of Chief Minister Sindh for extending facilities to flood/ rain affected people. He also appreciated the concerted efforts of government and said that Sindh is making history that here is no any case of polio reported in Karachi and hoped that similar measures will be evolved in rest of Sindh province.
Chief Minister Sindh assured that strict directives have been issued to Police for protection of foreign workers and doctors engaged in task of eradication of Polio in Sindh province. He stressed that advance tour programme must be communicated to the administration, so that security is provided to them.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah also assured that law and order will maintained, while prompt liaison will be made with UNICEF and other foreign agencies. He hoped that Polio will be eradicated from Sindh province soon and there will be no Polio case in Sindh.
He hoped that it is expected that Sindh will declare Polio free province within next 7-months. Earlier Senior Member, Board of Revenue Sindh and Relief Commissioner and Secretary Rehabilitation Mr. Hashim Raza Zaidi, presented their reports and briefed the mission about background and presented situation reports regarding losses, damages and other losses. They also gave details of NDMA, PDMA, relief health, lives stock and other departments.
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