Record breaking floods in Pakistan have added to the crisis the country is already going through. It has been reported by a private news channel that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a media talk in a school when he arrived in Sukkur. Meanwhile, hundreds of flood victims protested outside the premises raising their voices for being homeless and food deprived.
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Police attempted to stop the protest and, in the meantime, filed FIRs against hundreds of unknown men and women in the protest. They were being accused of blocking roads, causing the damages, and fighting with the police despite of not being permitted to do so. Moreover, media footages will be used to arrest the protestors.
Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf shared the news on its Twitter handle with a sarcastic comment, “why protested on Shahbaz Sharif’s arrival?”
شرم تم کو مگر نہیں آتی!
شہباز شریف کی آمد پر احتجاج کیوں کیا؟ پولیس نے سکھر میں سیلاب متاثرین کو شرپسند قرار دیکر مقدمہ درج کر لیا۔
— PTI (@PTIofficial) August 27, 2022
Indus River has been in high flood at Guddu and Sukkur barrages, according to the Flood Forecasting Division. Flooding in the river has left hundreds of villages submerged and large number of people stranded in katcha area.
The crisis has forced the government to declare a state of emergency.
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Citizens are suffering tremendously from last couple of months. Firstly, the economic crisis and now deadly floods have created the survival difficult. Thousands of animals were drowned in the floods, vast agricultural land areas were washed away, and tens of thousands of homes were devastated. The flash floods damage roads and bridges, inflicting billions of rupees in damage.
Unfortunately, politicians are more interested in foot dragging of each other rather than coming onto a single platform and deal with the challenges.