Fact Sheet 07 Floods-2011

Fact Sheet 07 Floods-2011


The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that assistance to more than 8.9 million people affected by floods in Sindh and Balochistan may come to a halt in November after depletion of relief supplies by the end of the current month.  Meanwhile, Pakistan’s economy may expand slower than forecast after floods devastated the nation’s southern region, a finance ministry official said. The economic growth rate may be 0.5 percentage point lower than the government target of 4.2 percent.

  1. Only 18 per cent of the funding requirements have been received so far, USD 64.5 million of the USD 357 million requested in the Rapid Response Plan launched last month, OCHA said in its latest situation report on Saturday. If more funding is not received there will be serious shortfalls after the current month.
  2. 6.5 million Euros in emergency aid was released on Monday by the European commission for flood sruvivors in Pakistan, amid a UN warning that 3 million people urgently need food.
  3. Federal Minister for religious affairs said that the government has released about Rs. 67 billion (USD 752,809) for flood affected people.
  4. Rs. 1.1 million (USD 12,359) has been donated by NED University of Engineering and technology for the flood survivors in the Sindh.
  5. The Punjab government has so far distributed 807 truckloads of relief goods worth Rs. 550 million (USD 6.2 million) in 15 districts of Sindh.
  6. The Chinese armed forces will send a 50-member medical team to assist with humanitarian relief work in flood-hit Pakistan, according to a written statement released by the Chinese Defense Ministry on Wednesday.
  7. 80,000 water purification tablets have been given by the ambassador of Argentina to the Rotary Club for the flood affected areas in Sindh.
  8. 1.2 million individuals received life-saving food rations by the WFP, since distributions started on September 12 in the rain affected areas of Sindh.
  9. The United Nations (UN) on Friday announced that it has increased its humanitarian aid efforts in Pakistan, for people affected by this year’s floods.
  10. The town of Naukot in Mirpurkhas, and its 18,000 people are still cut off from other areas with all roads around it remaining under water for about 50 days. Over 250 shops in the bazaar with goods of millions of rupees were damaged.
  11. Rain-affected people and civil society activists of Mirpurkhas, who started a march on October 14 to Hyderabad in protest against alleged corrupt practices of the district administration in distribution of relief goods, reached the Detha stop on Sunday.
  12. It was reported in the media that in the absence of sanitation facilities, females wait until night to go to the sporadic bush patches near their colony for defecating, in villages in Thatta District.
  13. Hundreds of ration packets reportedly ill-gotten and hoarded by influential persons in their Otaqs (guest houses) were thrown into stagnating water by unknown people near the Sanghar-Mirpurkhas road on Monday. The packets comprised flour bags of 10 Kg, rice, sugar, cooking oil, pulses, and other food items.
  14. Hundreds of rain-hit people, including women, took out a procession in Mirpurkhas, on Wednesday in protest against alleged discrimination in distribution of relief goods in the district. Raising slogans against the district administration, the participants marched from the district and sessions court to the DCO office.


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