HYDERABAD: Sindh Government is taking all measures in collaboration with the Federal Government to carry out relief operation in the drought hit district of Tharparkar in order to save both human lives and livestock.
According to information given to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his recent visit to Mithi, the prevailing famine like situation has led to starvation of a large number of people besides death of 121 children.
People in thousands were also migrating from their homes along with their livestock to find livelihood in other districts.
Tharparkar is stretched over 22,000 square kilometers, with an estimated population of around 1.29 million.
More than 90 percent of this population lives in 2,365 villages of the district’s 6 talukas including Mithi, Deeplo, Nangarparkar, Chachro, Islamkot and Daili.
As such, the people depend on precarious rain-fed agriculture and livestock, with the latter fully or partially contributing to the local economy.
The Sindh Relief Department declared almost entire District Tharparker, barring a few areas, as calamity hit last month.
Sindh Chief Minsiter Qaim Ali Shah, subsequently, also announced a compensation of Rs200,000 for each of the family which lost their children considered to be caused by malnutrition.
The Sindh Government has started distribution of 60,000 wheat bags of 50 kilogram and the quantity was later doubled to 120,000 wheat bags equally for 6 talukas.
The government has also formed monitoring committees comprising Assistant Commissioner, Mukhtiarkar and local notables to ensure transparency.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) also distributed 5,000 ration bags of 20 kg each, 12,000 mineral water bottles of 1.5 liters and 12,000 kg high energy biscuits for children.
The total population of the livestock in Tharparkar is estimated at around 4.5 million heads as per the 2006 census and the district caters for a huge demand of meat of the country.
According to the report, sheep with its around 1.1 million population are the most affected.
The District Administration of Tharparkar and Sindh Livestock Department have reported to carrying out vaccination of livestock against various diseases.
So far, the Department has carried out vaccination of 1.9 million livestock animals through its 15 mobile teams, the report adds.