Over 700 families staying in Charsadda await registration

    Thursday, September 23, 2010
    The International News
    Riaz Khan Daudzai

    PESHAWAR: Over 700 flood-affected families sheltered at the Government Postgraduate College in Charsadda are yet to be registered at a time when 184 educational institutions accommodating the affectees in the district have been evacuated.
    However, the classes could not be resumed in the Government Postgraduate College, Charsadda and examination hall was also shifted to another venue in nearby Babara village. Most of the affected families lodged in the largest relief camp set up in the college are reluctant to leave. Prof Ajmal Khan, in-charge of the relief camp, said 800 families had been provided shelter in the camp after flood hit the Charsadda district on July 28 and only 50 of them had returned so far.

    They were lodged at the two blocks and two hostels of the college. He said the affectees could not return as their houses had been swept away by flood. “They have lost their belongings in the calamity. They have nothing to begin their life afresh and most of them have no means of sustenance. These are the ground realities about the environment the affectees are living in,” he said.

    The academician said classes were scheduled to resume at the college from September 1 after summer vacation, but these could not be restarted in time as the affectees occupied the college building.

    He said the postgraduate level papers could not be held at the college on Wednesday, as the army had set up a medical camp in the postgraduate block. They were told that the said block should be vacated but the college administration had not received any intimation in this regard so far.

    About the anomalies in the registration of the affected families, he said a team of teachers came to the college that registered only 230 families. Ajmal Khan said that he had sent the list of the remaining families to the district coordination officer, who returned it. “Now we don’t know what will happen to these families,” he said.
    Shazia, a 20-year-old Hepatitis-C patient, said how she could return to her village, Shamsuddin Koroona, where her house was swept away by the flood. “My husband, Ilyas, was working in a furniture factory, but he lost his job as the factory was washed away by the floodwater. I am very sick, but I could not continue my treatment because I have no money,” she said painfully as tears rolled down her eyes.

    Muhammad Khalid of Majokay, a village of low-lying area of Charsadda lacking drinking water, said he was a nanbai and wanted to go back once he was given Rs20,000 as pledged by the government to reconstruct his tandoor (oven).
    Izharullah of Khandarey Dolatpura village said he had come to the camp along with his fellow villagers because the flooding had destroyed their houses. He said no government official had visited the village to assess the damage to the crops and houses.

    District Coordination Officer Ajmal Khan said 189 schools where 3,703 affected families had been accommodated had been got vacated while the affectees were still staying in five schools. He said those leaving the camps were given tents, ration, utensils and other necessary equipment.

    About the loopholes in the registration process, the DCO said the houses and family surveys were still going on and the families were normally being registered by the National Identity Card family number and in some places the affectees having the same family number were seeking separate registration that was not possible. He said the Government Postgraduate College, Charsadda would also be got vacated as alternative places had been identified where the relief camps set up by various welfare organisations including the Ummah Welfare Trust and Sabawoon in the said college would be shifted.

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