August 04, 2011: Hamid Malik village was the first casualty
in last summer’s flash floods when river water overtopped
One year later, a three-kilometre road which connects this
and many other villages with Kandhkot city and Indus Highway
Villagers say an alternative route is insecure as bandits
rule the area and rob them when they pass through the area.
Several villagers still live in makeshift tents after losing
their katcha houses – situated in and outside the riverbed
area. The poverty-stricken inhabitants have not been
provided alternate accommodation, as yet.
They till the land of influential landlords who have
acquired lease of huge compartments of forest lands in
katcha area on nominal rates as river land is considered
more fertile. Last floods increased the fertility as Indus
brought in heavy silt deposits but financial condition of
these tillers remains unchanged.
Hamid Malik village is located close to Tori bund and was
inundated within 30 minutes after water overtopped the dyke
due to fragile embankments and years of neglect. Around 100
houses were situated there, of which 50 caved in during
flood. Damaged rooms and walls signal the floodwater
visiting the area while passages have become bumpy.
The road, destroyed by the stagnant water, connects several
villages in Tori bund area at RD-219 of the BS Feeder near
The road has not been built, only an uneven thoroughfare and
debris are visible now.
The road provides easy access to Indus Highway and joins
Ghouspur, Kandhkot, Shikarpur and Sukkur. It links villages
including Jam Sunharo, Durrani Mahar, Qayyas Bhayyo, Raju
Khan Bhayyo and others.
The other route passing through Haibat bund runs parallel to
Tori bund and is vulnerable because of bandits and
infighting among different tribes. Last month five tribesmen
of Chachar and Bhayyo clans died in a clash.
“We are deprived of our valuables like mobile, cash and
motorbike by dacoits when we pass through this area.
“Criminals kidnap our menand release them after hectic
efforts,” he said.
When Chief Minister visited the Tori site we made entreaties
that this RD-219 passage should be built but in vain,” said
Health facilities are non-existent except for an ill
equipped basic health unit forcing patients to go to
Kandhkot who find hard to return to their homes after sunset
through Tori breach site because of insecurity.A villager
Mumtaz pleaded desperately to get the road built.
Courtesy: The DAWN