Educational institutes offered as storm shelters in Karachi
KARACHI, June 28(Daily Times): Educational institutions in the city have converted into
rain emergency centres to help with the weather situation. Thirty-six government
schools acted as shelter homes in 18 towns in the city. Help is also being
offered by various private school management associations.
schools have offered their unconditional cooperation with the government in
sheltering rain victims.
EDO Education (schools) Fakhar Karim Siddiqui
said that the schools have been directed to provide shelter to rain
victims until further notice. "The heads of 36 public schools were ordered to
provide shelter, security and fresh water to all who became shelter-less during
the rains. Adequate food and medication would be ensured by the CDGK," she said.
Furthermore, the health department has been directed to provide
emergency health care services to rain survivors at the shelters, she
Several private schools offered to provide the survivors with
all their available facilities, including shelter. Private School Management
Association (PSMA) Chairman Sharaf-uz-Zaman said, "It's our humanitarian duty to
support rain survivors. We want to repeat our statement once again on behalf of
all the schools under our association: any school building that the government
feels is suitable for a shelter camp will be given without any question." All
Private Schools Management Association Sindh (APSMAS) Chairman Syed Khalid Shah
recommended using private school buildings instead of public school buildings
because they are better maintained.
"Public school buildings are
generally in a very poor condition because they are not maintained. They may not
be able to withstand a disaster like the last windstorm. The government can use
our buildings whenever they want," said Khalid Shah.
In addition, the
private schools have started offering special prayers for the people that were
killed or injured because of the weather. "We have directed all our coordinators
in 18 different towns to organize special prayers in the schools. Because summer
vacations are in progress, the coordinators have been directed to announce the
prayers at a near-by mosque," said Khalid. The prayers were initiated Wednesday
and will continue till Friday, he added.
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