A total of 9,77,363 people were reported suffering from different water-borne diseases including diarrhoea, dysentery, malaria, skin and eye aliments and snake-bites in 16 districts of Sindh lashed by unprecedented heavy rains during the recent monsoon. according to an official report released by the director general health, Sindh, which contains data up to September 25,2011, a total of 1,20,218 people had skin diseases, 49,587 people had eye aliments while 1,86,650 patients were suspected of malaria out of which 2901 tested positive. In all 631 snake-bitings and 1,81,364 ARI cases and 5,44,902 cases of other diseases were reported.
Destruction caused by recents floods has over shadowed the destruction caused last year by floods in Sindh, this year it has been more concentrated in Sindh, last year in comparison floods effected the whole country whereas this time Sindh which hadn’t recovered from last years floods took a major hit. Crops throughout the region have been devastated, millions of people have lost their homes, live stock has died and disease if rampant. Aid this year has been slow to arrive, which has more to do with the political situation as international donors don’t seem to trust President Zardari’s government. Last year aid poured in from all over the world, but the world as well as Pakistani‘s were deeply disappointed by the civilian government as they failed completely to distribute the aid fairly. There had been cases when the aid goods were being sold at shops or things which were supposed to be given to the flood effected were instead given to choose people in those areas and it was up to them to decide how it was going to be distributed. Local government bodies were nowhere to be seen.
Pakistan army once again has stepped up and has taken charge of the rescue and rehabilitation programs throughout the region, Pakistan army with its man power and organisation already did a great job in rescuing a supplying isolated villages last year and the plan of distribution which was devised last year has been put in place this year. Army has also established medical camps in the worst hit areas. Along with military, NGO’s have been on the front line as well as foreign donors preferred NGO’s over dodgy government channels for distribution of aid.
Because of the prevailing security situation and other national security matters the floods in Sindh this time got less media attention then last year, specially in the last few weeks since the American threats began.