While a Special Flood Control Room is set up in the Presidential camp office Bilawal House on Tuesday, the news of low-lying areas still under water continues to exhibit in national media. In the meantime, Chairman NDMA admitted before Senate that the Authority has no disaster policy. The flood victims continue to weep for the dead and wait for the missing.
Dr. Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhary has blamed climate change for the unprecedented torrential monsoon rains in Sindh that have caused severe flooding in Sindh. Sindh this year has received 270 percent and 1,170 percent above-normal monsoon rains respectively in August and September.
- In last year floods, 13 out of 24 districts of Sindh were affected, while this year rains have affected almost every district.
- Initial estimated loss inflicted in agriculture and livestock by the floods is over Rs. 300 billion (USD 3.4 Billion) which will further increase after the estimate of damage to infrastructure.
- Following are the details of the losses
Losses at Glance 1 Death 342 2 Injured 607 3 Houses Damaged 1.38 million 4 Standing Crops Damaged Area 2 million acres 5 People Affected 6.5 million 6 Villages Affected 31,960 7 Total Areas Affected 5.938 millions acres 8 Most affected District Badin with 382,562 damaged houses, and 1 million affected people
- An estimated 415,915 people are presently living in some 2,656 makeshift temporary relief sites, including schools and public buildings dotted across Sindh.
- 20 percent of the poultry was affected in Sindh and in next couple of weeks demand of poultry would increase from the interior of Sindh which might lead to 10 to 20 percent increase in food prices, thus, contributing further to prevalent food insecurity. 3 million flood survivors need food aid in Sindh.
- It was reported from Pungrio, the few family possessions saved from the roaring waters are sold by flood survivors to buy food.
- Floods have caused a sharp fall in sale of artificial jewelry as demand from upper Sindh has dropped considerably.
- Save the Children Fund has expressed fears that lives of one million children are at risk.
- It is reported that despite looming dangers by rains some castes in Sindh have refused to leave their place as they don’t want to mix with people of other castes in alien environs.
- 250 packets of relief goods were stolen in Thar and an FIR (First Information Report) has been launched to this affect.
- In Mitthi, a 60 year old man died in a stampeded of thousands of IDPs in a bid to get the ration bag on Saturday. Around 25,000 IDPs from different areas of Tharparkar and adjourning areas are housed in relief camps.
- In Mirpurkhas, the local traders on Saturday took to streets against TMA (Tehsil Municipal Authority) for its failure in draining out water from different localities.
- There are at least 1.2 million women in reproductive age among the affected population of the recent rain in Sindh with 120,000 of them pregnant.
- UNICEF is providing clean water to 50,000 people.
- The United Nations and Pakistani Government appealed for USD 357 million in foreign donations on Sunday to urgently help more than 7 million people swamped by a second year of catastrophic floods.
- Out of the USD 357 million appeal made of UN agencies’ and NGOS’ operations in the country flood affected areas, USD 174 million is required for food security.
- The United States Agency for Development would provide USD 155 million for the education sector of Sindh Province, under Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP). Under SBEP, the Sindh Government will use the fund to construct schools as damaged by floods and to construct 200 new schools.
- The United States has announced an emergency aid of USD 2.9 million for the flood-affected people of Sindh.
- The Ministry of Commerce has announced that USD 4.7 million is the amount of humanitarian assistance as provided by Chinese Government.
- USD 70 million will be provided by Norway; this fund will be channeled through UN, the Red Cross, and other NGOs.
- The Republic of Korea (ROK) has donated relief goods worth USD 200,000 to flood affected population
- All Pakistan Textile Mill Association (APTMA) has approved Rs. 50 million (USD 0.58 million) relief goods for flood affected in Sindh.
- In view of the devastating rains and floods the Pakistan International Airlines has launched its relief operation and started airlifting relief goods free-of-charged from its stations in Pakistan and abroad.
- UN spokesperson announced that Japan has pledged USD 10 million toward the UN Appeal.