Fact Sheet 05 Floods-2011

Fact Sheet 05 Floods-2011

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The United Nations warned on Monday that the international community had failed to respond to the latest flooding crisis in Pakistan, leaving three million people in urgent need of food handouts. “Somehow the present flooding and the humanitarian impact of the present flooding have not yet picked the interest and focus of the world,” said Ramiro Lopes da Silva, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme. “If we have no resources, we have no response,” he told a news conference in Islamabad after visiting the flood-hit areas of Sindh. On Sept 18, the United Nations led an appeal for $357 million in emergency funding to shore up rescue and relief efforts for millions of affected people after floods swept away houses and farmland in the province. Various sources quote that the Appeal is only 4 to 6 percent funded.

  1. The UAE Project to Assist Pakistan is carrying out various developmental projects in Pakistan at a cost of $100 million (Dh365 million) to help provide a dignified life for people affected by the floods. The projects are part of the initiative launched by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said Abdullah Khalifa Al Gafli, Head of the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan.
  2. Prominent UAE based Pakistan and former Ambassador Javed Malik hosted an event last night in Dubai to launch a campaign extend support to victims of floods in Pakistan.
  3. Germany will support emergency aid measures for the victims of the current floods in the Sindh and Balochistan provinces with 5.6 million euros, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Gudrun Kopp announced at the National Day reception in Islamabad on Wednesday.
  4. The Sindh Government has earmarked Rs. 4 billion (USD 45,977 million) for providing free seeds and fertilizer to the farmers in the rain affected areas for Rabi Crops.
  5. The National Bank of Pakistan has distributed cumulatively over 24,750 ration bags, some 7,554 tents, and 200 mosquito nets in the flood affected areas. The bank has earmarked Rs. 141.5 million (USD 1.626) for the affected population and the NBP staff contributed Rs. 16,774 million (USD 192.8 million) from their salaries to Prime Minister’s relief funds.
  6. World Food Programme (WFP) has so far reached out to 550,000 people in five flood affected districts by distributing food items. In October, the number should reach to 2.5 million people who have been provided food and other relief items.
  7. National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has issued 110,000 Pakistan Cards to eligible heads of the rain-affected families in Sindh. NADRA Deputy Chairman, Tariq Malik, stated this in a statement issued Wednesday. He said that Pakistan Card had a cash tab of Rs 20,000 (USD 229.8) in two equal installments of cash Rs. 10,000 (USD 114.9) each.
  8. The Coca Cola Export Corporation today announced its program, worth Rs. 18 million (USD 206,896) to provide relief to flood affected families across Sindh and support for battling dengue epidemic in Punjab.
  9. Over nine million flood-affected people in the districts of left bank of River Indus, including Tharparker, Umerkot, Badin, Khairpur, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah), Sanghar, Naushero Feroze, Tando Allahyar, Thatta, and Tando Mohammad Khan have been waiting for relief goods, medicines, and drinking water.
  10. Over 80 percent displaced people need shelters, relief goods, and apt measures against waterborne diseases and gastro spreading among the affected people, whereas the federal and provincial governments have not been able to provide the needed relief.
  11. The lives of at least three million children in Pakistan are at risk from malnutrition and disease because of a huge shortage in emergency funding needed to help families left destitute by the flooding in Sindh, Save the Children has said.
  12. 73 percent of all crops have been lost or damaged due to the rains in Sindh, according to official figures. Even though sugar cane managed to survive; cotton, rice, bananas, and various vegetables were all lost or damaged in the aftermath of the rain. Nearly four- fifths of the affected population depends on agriculture for their livelihood and would need immediate funding to plant the Rabi crop for the next season.
  13. According to a member of Pakistan Veterinary Medical Association, the recent rains have killed 0.1 million livestock and worth Rs. 1.85 million (USD 21,264) colossal loss. It was also mentioned that 400 veterinarians are needed to save livestock in rain hit areas.
  14. More than 4 million animals in the flood hit areas have been administered preventive vaccinations to immunize them against various diseases.
  15. According to a handout issued by Directorate of Animal Husbandry on Tuesday, the Department has set up 275 medical camps and activated 747 mobile teams of para-veterinarian staff in the flood affected areas.
  16. The medical camps and mobile teams have so far provided treatment to 192,576 livestock which include 91,380 large animals and 101,081 small animals.
  17. Similarly, the Department also administered anti-parasitic vaccinations to 159,976 large livestock animals and 132,772 small animals.
  18. The Department also distributed 15,988 kilograms cost- free fodder for animals in Dadu, Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Sanghar, and Shaheed Benazirabad districts.
  19. Thirteen districts of Sindh Province have been severely affected by heavy rains while stagnant water is still accumulated in and around the affected towns, cities, and other areas.
  20. A dyke built around Shahdad pur to protect the town from flood developed a breach late on Saturday night and inundated several areas in the town, while a fresh wave of rainwater from Sanghar spread panic in Umerkot District.
  21. 185 km of roads, 6,031 houses, and 51 schools were completely destroyed by the rains in Tando Allah Yar.
  22. The Sindh government has prepared a plan to drain out accumulated rainwater from the devastated districts of the province within next 25 to 40 days. The plan particularly focuses on the worst affected districts of Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Badin, and Tando Mohammed Khan, said a senior official familiar with the plan. According to him, around 40 per cent of rain/flood water has receded while water level at the main drains including Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) has reduced by up to one foot.