Brothers Liakat Mallah and Imran Mallah, both school teachers have received five-day training of disaster risk management from IRM (institute of rural management), a unit of National Rural Support Program, Pakistan.
“Of course, we have received the training in Islamabad and we have conducted follow ups as well, but people here mostly belong to fishermen community and don't enjoy support from any non-governmental orgainisation or any foreign donor agency,” said Imran Mallah, adding, “There is more need of disaster management trainining, capacity building and awareness campaigns, although were are using social networking tools like Twitter to raise the awareness.”
River Indus on southern side and Kalri-Baglihar Feeder which supplies water to Karachi, on northern side are two major dangers for this village, raising the possible flooding dangers. “On an average, three-five feet of our houses would be lodged under water,” said Jamuli, a 72-year-old fisherwoman. “What would we do? River is king here and we are living here as per her wish,” Jamul added.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the lead agency at the federal level to deal with whole spectrum of disaster management activities. It should pay attention to this vulnerable village of Sindh. The irony is that playgrounds made for children were turned into helipads for President Zardari in the hope the village would be developed, but it seems no one is really bothered about the dangers to the lives of inhabitants of Sain Dino Mallah.
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