99% water still standing in flood hit areas: Court told

SUKKUR (PPI): A PDMA official told the high court bench on Tuesday that 99 pct water is still standing in flood hit areas. Sindh High Court’s Sukkur bench was hearing a petition on rehabilitation of flood victims and drainage of floodwater in Sukkur, Khairpur, Ghotki and Naushehro Feroz districts.
The bench observed that the rehabilitation department was not seen during and after rains and flood. “Where were you earlier,” court questioned the rehabilitation in-charge. “Our 26 ambulances have been engaged in relief work in all flood affected areas,” he replied. “Where your ambulances are working today, tell the court,”Bench further questioned. “All ambulances are working in different areas,” he said and submitted report in the court. “Assistant Commissioners and Mukhtiarkar should check whereabouts of 26 ambulances in areas and submit their reports,” court ordered.
“Flood affected people of Sindh are equal to the people of Somalia and Ethiopia,” bench remarked. The court asked about drainage of floodwater from affected areas. “Water still standing in most of the affected areas,” petitioner replied. A committee constituted by the court submitted its detailed review report of the affected areas. “The district administrations became active but facing fuel shortage,” a lawyer told the court. Deputy Director Provincial Disaster Management Authority told the court that only one percent work has been performed, while 99 pct has been pending as floodwater standing in affected areas.
SHC moved to stop digital census: A petition was filed in Sindh High Court (SHC) Sukkur bench seeking to stop the digital census in Sindh. The court will hear the case on March 1 (Wednesday).
Pakistan’s first-ever digital population and housing census will kick off across the country from Wednesday [March 1]. Briefing the journalists, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) spokesperson Muhammad Sarwar Gondal noted that a portal has already been launched by the bureau so that people can submit their data themselves and don’t need to face the botheration of giving data to census teams visiting door-to-door.
He said more than 4 million people have already been registered at the portal and a UTN number will be issued to them after their data is saved and they can give that number to the census team. The spokesperson further said that 121,000 field enumerators have been deployed for the field operation of census, which will begin on Wednesday. “The process will be completed by April 1 and the data will be released by April 30 which will then be approved by the Council of Common Interests (CCI),” he added.
He added that this will be the evidence-based authentic data as per international standards which will be used for constituency delimitation in next general elections as well as for public policy planning. The spokesperson said the census teams will be monitored by geo-mapping and geo-tagging data of SUPARCO and administration officials of respective provinces, divisions, districts and tehsils where census teams are carrying out enumeration, will be given access to the dashboard of that specific area.
Elucidating this, he said Chief Secretaries of provinces will have access across the province, similarly, Commissioners will have access to Divisions, Deputy Commissioners to districts and Assistant Commissioners to tehsils.
The spokesperson said to avoid any hacking or failure of online system we have separated the process from the internet and have converted it into our own intranet server. He said we have already done a security audit of the dashboards.