Tent city to be set up in Karachi’s Malir to house 15,000 IDPs

"Currently, IDPs are living in 39 different places with unhealthy environment,"
<p>Tents set up by Malir District Administration to house IDPs. PHOTO: SAMAA TV</p>

Tents set up by Malir District Administration to house IDPs. PHOTO: SAMAA TV

With millions of people displaced from their homes across the province following flash floods, Karachi’s administration has decided to set up a tent city in Malir district to accommodate more than 15,000 flood survivors, officials said on Tuesday.

“We will accommodate them in more than 2,000 tents,” said Malir Deputy Commissioner Irfan Salam Mirwani.

At the moment, Mirwani said that internally displaced people (IDPs) from across Sindh have been put up at 39 places across the Malir district, including government schools, medical centers etc, none of which are suitable for long-term stay and have an unhealthy environment.

The deputy commissioner promised that in the tent city, IDPs will be provided with facilities such as clean drinking water, doctors and medicine for the vector-borne diseases that have emerged in different camps of IDPs.

“Schools for children and ‘dastarkhwans’ (meal spreads) will also be arranged in the tent city,” he commented.

Where will they stay?

The Malir district administration has written to the Malir Development Authority seeking permission to set up the tent city in Sector 18 of New Malir Housing Scheme-1.

DG Malir Development Authority Muhammad Sohail added that they have provisionally has given permission for setting up the tent city for a month.

With incidents earlier this month of land mafia members attempting to grab MDA land while posing as IDPs, DG Malir development authority said that no one will be allowed stake claim over the temporary settlements at any stage.

The deputy commissioner reiterated that the government’s first priority was to gather the IDPs at a single location so that they can be easily provided with basic facilities.


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