Documentary on Indus floods launched

October 21, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Speakers at a launch ceremony of a documentary on flood 2010 here on Wednesday called for ensuring equal rights of ownership of land and natural resources with service delivery to avoid the impacts of natural disasters in future, as this part of the world has become disaster-prone.

They were sharing their learning on the occasion of launching of documentary on Indus floods 2010: Lessons learnt’, organized by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) at a local hotel.

Majority of people in urban areas like in Karachi go to private healthcare facilities because they can afford to have but the poor people in rural areas rely on government’s hospitals, which are running without proper facilities like doctors, paramedical staff, equipments and facilities to benefit them. In this situation, they urged the government to have alternative livelihood sources to live a safe life without relying on any single source of agriculture.

The documentary was made by Films d’art production under the guidance of Ayesha Gazdar, which covered different aspects of the flood and poor management by the state institutions.

The scale of 2010 flood was huge, in which about 200 million people were affected countrywide, including seven million people in Sindh province. The people affected by the flood belonged to marginalized sections in terms of development. It was the time the people raised questions on the inefficiency of the state institutions.

Ayesha Gazdar, the documentary maker in her experiences said: “We observed how the people were feeling insecure at relief camps and the role of relief providing organizations in the area.“

Karamat Ali, Chief Executive of PILER said we need to look how much the affected people have been empowered. He said in the land reforms case in Supreme Court, Sindh Government had opposed the land reforms. The previous Sindh Assembly had passed an amendment in the Sindh Tenancy Act by allowing forced labour (Begar).

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