KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that standing crops on 31 lakh 72 thousand 726 acres of land in Sindh have been destroyed, requiring Rs 450 billion only for building houses.
According to details, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah met international donors at the airport, Chief Minister and Chief Secretary Sohel Rajput apprised the donors about the situation in Sindh.
The Chief Minister said July received 308% more than normal rainfall, while August received 784% more.
He said 24 districts, 102 taluks and 5 thousand 727 villages of Sindh were severely affected, 405 people died and 1 thousand 74 people were injured. 1.5 million houses collapsed, requiring 450 billion rupees for construction.
The Chief Minister said that crops of 31 lakh 72 thousand 726 acres of land were destroyed in Sindh, 570 roads of 2281.5 km were destroyed by rain. 1 crore has been spent on the construction of one kilometer.
He said the damage was estimated at 860 billion rupees, and the Sindh government would have to compensate the dead and injured. Damaged houses and dead cattle should also be compensated.
The chief minister also said that farm loans should be waived off or deferred for one year and in installments, subsidies should be given on farm machinery, fertilisers, pesticides and seeds.