Thar drought may lead to humanitarian emergency, reads UN report

Islamabad: The drought like condition in Tharparkar, Umerkot and Sanghar and other vulnerable districts may lead to humanitarian catastrophe, says United Nations report.

The report says that if there is little or no rain in these areas this summer, the people of Thar will suffer severe lack of food, water and health problems.

Contrary to this, Sindh government claims the situation much better as compared to 2014-2015.

The officials said that desert areas in Umerkot and Tharparkar practiced mono cropping but no cultivation was reported in Sanghar. Whereas, in Umerkot situation is much worse than other two districts.

Officials also admitted that government has not provided any  food assistance to people of Umerkot, Sangarh and Tharparkar during last six months.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority and the Sindh government has requested the UN to send a quick joint observation mission to evaluate the impact of prolonged drought in the region.

The mission has warned the government, if adequate health facilities are not provided to the public of these districts, then the situation may change into humanitarian emergency.