As relief efforts continue in Sindh, aid agencies have called for urgent donations for the province’s flood victims. “Food assistance is currently being given to half a million people,” World Food Program’s spokesperson mentioned. Meanwhile eight districts of Sindh are declared calamity hit by the Government of Pakistan.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) expected to launch a ‘2011 humanitarian response plan’ for the rain-stricken in Pakistan on Saturday. The latest update is as follows:
- Authorities have warned that some one million people are threatened from epidemics if the world help is delayed.
- Heavy and prolonged torrential rains in the lower Sindh has damaged around 0.5 million tons of standing paddy crops having export value of about USD 235 million.
- According to political sources 21 districts of the province had been affected and Mirpurkhas, Badin, Sanghar, parts of Umerkot, Tharparkar, Tando Allah Yar, Sanghar, Thatta, Tando Mohammad Khan, and Dadu Districts had come under rain water.
- 500,000 people left homeless, 256 people died, and 499 injuries are reported across the province by the continuing rains and affected 4.5 million acres. Out of the total affected 45 percent are males and 55 percent are females. Affected crop area is 1.7 million acres.
- As many as 321 villages in Naushero Feroze, Nawabshah, and Sanghar are inundated, leaving millions homeless. Total number of villages affected are 29,302, 84 talukas, and 549 union councils.
- Partial damaged houses are 412,727 and fully damage 432,919.
- NDMA website mentioned number of cattle perished as 12,395. According to Mr. Abid Hussain Jatoi, the Sindh Minister for Livestock, 12,299 animals have died since August 11, 2001. Tharparkar was the worst affected district where 6,347 animals died. Badin remained on second number where loss of 2,941 animals has been reported while 2,370 animals died in Mirpurkhas.
- Persons in relief camps equals 297,041, out of which are 80,205 males, 77,175 females, and 139,661 children.
- Hundreds of passengers and cargo vehicles remained stuck on both sides of the National Highway from Thatta to Hyderabad for about eight hours on Tuesday after 500 meter portion of the road near Ongar was damaged by rains.
- On Monday, 190 mm rain in Mirpurkhas that lasted for 7 hours developed a 30 by 70 feet breach in Ring dyke. 30 people have died in Mirpurkhas because of monsoon rains.
- At least nine persons including five children died in rain-related incidents in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
- 15 percent of the 256 people killed (in Sindh) are children and 26 percent women.
- Members of the Senate’s upper house on Tuesday, in a special meeting, formed three committees of finance, purchase, and distribution to collect funds and help the flood affected people of Sindh and collected Rs. 12 million (USD 139,000 approx) from the members.
- According to Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mr. Marc Grossman, US Embassy through its partners will provide food assistance to 346,500 people and 5,500 will receive emergency shelter.
- Japan will provide emergency relief goods worth 35 million Yen (approximately USD 450,000).
- China pledged USD 4.5 million for urgent humanitarian assistance and perhaps the first country to come for rescue.
- Iran will donate USD 100 million for the reconstruction of flood hit areas in the country.
- UN has started its relief operations in the province and a special campaign has been launched to feed half a million people affected by floods.