ISLAMABAD - Now that the much-hyped bubble of the disaster management authorities ability to tackle this years monsoon floods appears to have been busted, these government bodies seem occupied with manoeuvres to grab control over resources by keeping the international community at bay from providing humanitarian assistance to thousands in need. While the devastation caused by the floods unfolds to ever-growing magnitude in interior Sindh, the government questionably overlooks the viable option of calling the United Nations agencies and other reputed humanitarian organisations for help, most possibly because the involvement of international community in the relief assistance to Sindhs flood affectees would spare little credit and 'share for the government to 'capitalise on. Despite that Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza criticises the role of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Sindhs Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and urges the international organisations to step ahead for providing help to those in need, these calls stand confined to verbal invitations only sans any formal communication. During her visit to Badin last week, Fehmida Mirza did not spare words to take on the negligence of PDMA and NDMA while calling humanitarian community for help. The government gurus, however, appear to have used their magical communication skills to cast a utopian spell on the speaker NA that reasons why the UN and other international organisations have not been involved in Sindh relief activities as yet. Last Tuesday, TheNation first reported that the government was yet to seek the UNs help in flood ravaged Sindh and that the UN agencies were on standby to respond to monsoon floods but Pakistani govt did not invite them. The next day (Wednesday), UN Under-Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos had endorsed this information while talking to media in New York. On July 26, Oxfam had issued a detailed report Ready or Not: Pakistans resilience to disasters one year on from the floods, which stated that Pakistan was not prepared for this years monsoon floods. The report revealed that Pakistan allocated more funds for the NA expenses than to reduce losses from future disasters. Oxfam called on the govt to invest two per cent of its budget or $ 27 million on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). On July 28, at the launch of UNs publication, Pakistan Floods One Year On 2011, NDMA head Zafar Iqbal Qadir ridiculed Oxfams report and dismissed the concerns that Pakistan was not ready for monsoon floods. We are in half of monsoon but everything by the grace of Almighty is managed well. We are fully prepared and if there is additional ten per cent rainfall, we have sufficient foods and non-foods item to respond fully, Qadir had naively said then. Oxfam reported again last week that the monsoon floods would have been prevented had Pakistan invested the $ 27 million in DRR. Totally oblivious of international communitys warnings, the baboos manoeuvre not to involve international organisations due to the obvious reason that donors want the humanitarian aid for flood affectees to be routed through international humanitarian organisations and not through the corruption-ridden Pakistani government departments. A funnily absurd argument offered to defend the governments disposition regarding international humanitarian agencies is that their involvement would affect Pakistans sovereignty and integrity Talking to this scribe by phone, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Badin Kazim Hussain Jatoi said that he had asked the provincial government to get help from UN agencies but nothing is finalised. He said that Badin, after growing destruction and damages, needed at least 150 million rupees but received only Rs 6.6 million. We got peanuts, he deplored. DCO Mirpurkhas Ghulam Hussain Memon said that Pakistan Navy was providing rescue assistance to flood affectees but thousands of them needed urgent provisions of food and healthcare facilities. Those rescued need food and medical help. We dont have sufficient resources to assist them. The role of PDMA and NDMA is in front of everybody, I dont want to comment on it, he said. Refusing to provide any names, the DCO said that some influential were creating hurdles in fixing breaches in Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) in district Mirpurkhas, which had inundated dozens of villages. DCO Thatta Jaffar Abbasi told this scribe that thousands of children in Thatta were vulnerable to waterborne diseases like cholera, diarrhoea, malaria and other epidemics that needed help from United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) but the government had not allowed the district administration to seek help from these organisations, he said. With over a million people affected, thousands of hectares of rice, cotton and vegetable crops destroyed, hundreds of villages inundated, infrastructure losses amounting in billions in Badin, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Sanghar, Umerkot and Tharparkar, this years monsoon floods in Sindh are widely seen in sequel to last years unprecedented natural calamity in the modern world history that devastated Pakistan in the form of flash floods.