KARACHI - Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that due to heavy rains in the province, most of the area of six districts of upper Sindh has been vastly damaged and people had suffered a lot there. Chairing a high-level meeting, which reviewed relief and disaster management for rain affected people of the province at Chief Minister House on Friday, the chief minister directed officers of relief, health and livestock departments to provide necessary relief goods to rain-affected people while health and livestock departments should properly manage and establish more medical and veterinary camps so that there is no outbreak of diseases. He directed the Finance Department to release funds to rehabilitation/relief department and PDMA so that there is lapse on relief and disaster management. Earlier, PDMA Director General Muhammad Hashim Raza Zaidi in a presentation informed that Sindh province received scattered rains/thundershowers from September 2 to September 11. He said that all deputy commissioners were instructed to activate District Emergency Operation Centres round the clock and all essential resources such as dewatering pumps be deployed at low lying areas. Heinformed that due to disaster caused by heavy rains, 3,166,023 persons and 13,221 villages were affected and, 35,9131 houses were badly damaged while 239 people had died and 2,449 people were injured. Hashim Raza Zaidi further informed that 79,52,684 animals were affected and majorstanding crops were also damaged which included 141,097 hectares of cotton, 11,8862 hectares of rice and 5,942 hectares of sugarcane. He added that 15 dewatering pumps are in use by irrigation department, five pumps in Jacobabad Air Base, four in Shikarpur and 13 in Sakhar districts.Besides, 30 medical camps and 61 fixed camps have been arranged in six affected districts of Ghotki, Sakhar, Shikarpur, Jacobabad Kashmore and Qambar, while 50- veterinary camps have been established for livestock with 185 staff members, he added. He further informed that 58,352 patients were treated at medical camps. It was informed that Sindh government provided 67,252 tents, 117,288 ration bags, 139 dewatering pumps and Rs 344 million cash to affected people. It was also informed that the armed forces also took part in relief operations in close coordination of PDMA.The meeting was attended among others by Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas, Senior Member Board of Revenue/Relief Commissioner Sindh Shahzore Shamoon, Secretary Finance Muhammad Arif Khan and other officers of Provincial Disaster Management Authority and Irrigation Department.