Months on, Qambar-Shahdadkot remains submerged under floodwaters.

LARKANA -- 'We have to use for all our needs the same saline and highly contaminated floodwater that inundates our village for the past three months and do without electricity,' said Abdul Hakeem Sakhani, whose family had taken shelter on Suprio Bund in the wake of flood.

The massive volume of floodwater coming from Balochistan through Hamal Lake, Flood Protective Bund, Main Nara Valley Drain and other large saline drains had forced a vast population to leave their abodes and take shelter on Suprio Bund, he said.

He and his family live in a ragtag shelter on the bund where most women complained that they had not received ration, tents, medical aid and financial assistance since the calamity hit them. 'The winter is round the corner but we have no blankets to protect us save from cold,' they said.

Pir Mohammad Solangi, 60, said that he fractured his hip bone and was unable to go to hospital due to unbearable pain. A government official was so moved at his painful sight he assured him that both the doctor and medicines would reach him shortly.

Most areas without electricity, people have to use highly contaminated water for all purposes

Sikandar Lashari, operator of pumping station at Zero Point, said that 25 pumps were installed but only 12 were draining out the huge volume of water coming from the cuts and breaches in FP Bund, Hamal Lake and a host of Wapda SCARP drains. The machines needed uninterrupted supply of electricity to run round the clock but they operated only eight hours a day, he said.

Tarique Abro, executive engineer of SCARP, said that floodwater could not be pumped out in electricity issue was not resolved. The stagnant floodwater was being released through pumps into MNVD which carried it to Manchhar Lake, said the operator.

The government's teams were busy conducting survey of damaged houses, crops, communication and others necessities for assessment of compensation but the marooned people questioned the government's capacity to address multiple issues that had surfaced in the aftermath of unprecedented rains and flood.

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