More rain aggravates flooding across HyderabadArchive
HYDERABAD: Yet another spell of moderate rain that started at 4pm on Sunday aggravated the conditions created by many earlier spells over the past four days in Hyderabad, where people in most low-lying localities are spending days and nights clearing their houses of rainwater using buckets and other utensils.
Affected people have been making distress calls to the authorities concern after losing their belongings, mainly essential furniture, to rainwater that had entered into their houses to stay on. In some localities, the stagnant water rose to as high as four to five feet forcing residents to move to other areas.
The civil administration has completely failed to meet the rain emergency. It even could not drain out rainwater from most city areas in Latifabad and Qasimabad during a 24-hour break in rain before a one-hour-spell of rain aggravated the situation on Sunday.
Residents of a big part of Latifabad are facing a Sept 2006-like situation when boats were brought in to rescue many families and it took the administration 10 days to clear the area of rainwater.
The Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) and district administration attribute their failure to the power outages that had crippled the machinery but nowhere its sanitary workers are seen undertaking their job.
Rainwater was drained out in some areas of Latifabad but some localities including Latifabad Unit-11 remained under four-five-foot high rainwater. Home-made boats are being used to move from one place to the other. Paretabad, Phulelli, Liaquat and Railway colonies are also presenting a look of lake. A similar situation is witnessed in most areas of Qasimabad.
Drainage system obsolete, says Chandio
Adviser to chief minister on information Maula Bux Chandio has said Hyderabad’s drainage system has become too old to withstand rain and cater to the city’s needs.
Talking to journalists during a visit to rain-hit areas in three talukas of the district and the city on Sunday, Mr Chandio said that it required constant planning and modifications to enable the system to continue working efficiently.
He defended the administration, saying it was fully mobilized to address issues since it had been raining. “I won’t say they [the administration] are working like angels. There are shortcomings but officers are present on ground and trying to deliver in every possible way,” Mr Chandio said replying to a question.
He said the government machinery and sanitation system were working. “I had visited Mirza Para last night when it was under three feet of rainwater. But it is being drained out now.
It is raining heavily but rainwater is also being drained out at the same time at a fast pace,” he said.
He said that he or the administration could do nothing in case of power breakdown that brought everything to a halt. That was why, generators had been installed at pumping stations to keep the machines run without break, he said.
He said that ministers’ performance was being monitored and the administration was not sitting idle. “We are with people in distress and we are not sitting at home but trying our best to provide every possible help to people,” he said.
The adviser visited Pinjra Pul, Mirza Para, Effendi Town, Tando Agha, units numbers 7, 8, 2 of Latifabad, Sehrish Nagar and Peon Colony behind Shahbaz Building where he heard people’s complaints.
Hyderabad Commissioner Qazi Shahid Pervez, Deputy Commissioner Motasim Abbasi, Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) managing director Masood Jumani, local PPP leaders Dr Irfan Gul Magsi, Fayyaz Shah, Pasha Qazi and Ahsan Abro accompanied the adviser during the visit.
Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2016