50 Flood Victims Staying Unattended At Sherpao Bridge
LAHORE: No official of the Punjab government or the City District Government Lahore has visited 50 flood-affectees, who have migrated from Muzaffargarh and are temporarily settled in a small room in Ghos-e-Azam Colony near Sherpao Bridge, Daily Times learnt on Monday.
The 50 migrants include 15 children, 20 women and 15 men, one of whom is suffering from neck cancer. They belong to Dheeriwala, a small village in Thatha Karmani situated in Kot Addu, Muzaffargarh.
“After a heavy flood warning by the government officials, we left all our belongings and migrated to Lahore to save our lives,” 25-year-old Muhammad Qasim told Daily Times. Unfortunately, no government officials has visited us or sent any edibles for us. How sad is the fact that the government officials, NGOs and welfare organisations are rushing to flood-hit areas to help out people their, but the victims who have come all the way to Lahore leaving every thing behind, nobody is helping them. “We still have no clothes except one with which we have covered ourselves and we 50 people are living in a small room. In our village we use to live in big rooms. We had everything, which has been destroyed in the floods,” Qasim said.
During the first two days, some locals mainly Khalid Ashraf, a suspended police constable, and his family helped these migrants and arranged a rented room for them near Government Girls’ Middle School, Ghosia Colony.
Punjab government spokesman Pervaiz Rasheed was not available for comments despite repeated attempts to contact him.