KARACHI - Causes and reasons that created a havoc and displaced millions of people, destroyed farmlands and properties in interior Sindh in last year’s heavy rainfall are still there, but it appears that the government has not learnt any lesson. Forecasts indicate that this year’s monsoon might prove much more destructive than that of the last year.The most surprising aspects of rehabilitation and re-construction work carried out in the aftermath of 2011 monsoon is that thousands of  rain affectees have not received any aid and water is still standing in some districts of the province. Rain drains, canals, waterways and encroachment of riverbeds which were cited as the causes for the flood havoc have not been removed. There are still there to cause havoc if the rains as predicted are heavy this year. In an effort to deal with the coming monsoon onslaught, the Sindh government has declared emergency in nine districts and directed the administrative concerned heads to make preparation for any eventuality in the aftermath of rains.The nine districts where emergency has been declared are Thatta, Badin, Umerkot, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Jamshoro, Nawabshah and Tando Muhammad Khan. The worst affected district during last year’s rain including Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Badin and Tando Muhammad Khan have stagnant rainwater in a number of union councils. A panicked administration instead of planning and preparing itself properly is in a panic mode. A Sindh cabinet meeting with Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah in the chair was held close to midnight on Tuesday to evolve strategy and announced measures that should in place for the coming monsoon. The briefing of this important cabinet meeting related to monsoon was held two hours after mid-night when the print media was rolling its press for the next day edition and the electronic media was repeating its evening programmes. This reflects callousness of the authorities.At a meeting held couple days back held with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in the chair, the irrigation department in a briefing declared 45 sensitive points at river embankment. Previous rains badly affected the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) and its arteries system in seven districts of the province and government had released sufficient funds for the repair and maintenance of it but the relevant authorities are of the view that situation would be precarious in case of heavy torrents this year. More than hundred Zamindari/ Jagirdari bunds are located in the province right from Kashmore to Thatta where thousands of acres of land is illegally occupied by the mighty men. Qaim Ali Shah, on the floor of Sindh Assembly, without naming any one had said that people have become big landholder through encroachment in riverbed. Despite the fact that Sindh Assembly had passed legislation for the removal of encroachment from the natural water ways and river bed, situation is standstill.Influential people have encroached upon the riverbed and waterways and either cultivated the land or constructed factories and launched residential schemes there. It is on the record that government had dispatched trucks loaded with relief good to the elected representatives of the rain affected areas but either the goods rotted or misappropriated and distributed among the favourites.