Fact Sheet 06 Floods-2011

Fact Sheet 06 Floods-2011

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The Supreme Court has asked the Sindh government to detail the steps it has taken for the rehabilitation of flood survivors and present a report within three weeks. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing of former parliamentarian Marvi Memon’s complaint on non-implementation of the flood inquiry commission’s recommendations on Monday.

The United Nations has attributed the sluggish response of donor countries to its emergency appeal for flood assistance in Sindh and Balochistan to real or imagined concerns that the government figures are exaggerated and do not reflect the ground reality. The UN has informed Islamabad about the less than lukewarm response to the $357 million flood appeal and the reservations that donor countries supposedly have about pledging money and materials. The lethargic response to the $357 million appeal is also put down to issues such as visa restrictions, lack of direct access to beneficiaries, and concerns over the lack of accountability, according to a secret diplomatic cable sent last month by Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN in New York.[1]

The results of a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan revealed that 45 percent of Pakistanis blame the government for flooding disasters while the other 54 percent regard it as an unforeseen calamity.

  1. Japan has agreed to provide a modern ‘warning system’ to Pakistan which will enhance the country’s capacity for early flood forecast, said chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir on Saturday.
  2. Austrian people equally share the grief and sorrow which Pakistani community suffered in the form of calamities and floods, and they have contributed 5.6 million Euros for the rehabilitation and reconstruction projects in Pakistan.
  3. The United Kingdom (UK) will provide emergency shelter and flood resistant new homes to more than 0.25 million people made homeless by this year’s devastating monsoon floods in southern Pakistan.
  4. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced on Tuesday that it would activate life-saving activities in the flood-affected areas of Sindh, particularly for the pregnant women there.
  5. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that the Hindu community in the district of Sangharh (Sindh) needed more flood relief. The UN refugee agency has provided tents, relief kits, and plastic sheets to 60 vulnerable Hindu families in the village of Zareen Khan, but people here still lack many basic services.
  6. A large number of rain-affected women of a minority community in Mirpurkhas observed a token hunger strike under the banner of Minority Women Action Committee. They were protesting against the administration’s failure to provide ration and other relief goods to the affected people living in camps in the Gama Stadium and on the outskirts of the town for the past 23 days.
  7. Rs 14 million (USD 157,303) was collected at a Sufi musical night charity function held in Hyderabad and organized by the PPP-backed Save the Floods Disaster Victims held at Mumtaz Mirza Auitorium on Saturday night to raise funds for rain and flood affected people.
  8. In Southern Sindh, UNHCR has so far delivered 8,000 tents and 7,000 kits containing jerry cans, blankets, quilts, kitchen sets, and sleeping mats as well as 12,000 plastic sheets to be used for basic shelter.
  9. National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has so far issued more than 160,348 Pakistan Cards to heads of the affected families (15,833 Pakistan Cards in Mirpurkhas, 107,744 in Badin, 20,183 in Tando Muhammad Khan, and 16,588 in Benazirabad (Nawabshah)). 133,438 Pakistan Cards were issued for families in Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, and Benazirabad by October 07, 2011.
  10. NADRA has set up 36 centers in four flood-affected districts of Sindh to facilitate the affected families. It will also soon set up 18 additional centers to help the affected families.
  11. The Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) on Monday dispatched the third consignment of medicines worth Rs 1 million (USD 11,235) to the flood-affected areas of Sindh to be distributed among patients through doctors of the association working in the affected areas. The association has already sent medicines worth Rs 2 million (USD 22,472) for the people displaced by heavy rains.
  12. 200,000 liters of clean drinking water is being provided to flood-affected communities every day by the Sindh Red Crescent Society.
  13. Floods in Pakistan have damaged at least 880,000 hectares of standing crops, including rice, maize, cotton, sugar cane, fruit orchards, and vegetables, which represent about 3.7 per cent of total national crop area, the United Nations’ food agency said on Tuesday.
  14. Nearly 92,000 livestock have perished and at least 5 million surviving animals were at risk, it said.
  15. Over 2.75 million people were in immediate need of food assistance in the monsoon affected areas of Pakistan, the FAO said citing a joint assessment by the UN and government
  16. After devastating floods inundated most districts in Sindh, one million tents are needed to shelter thousands of displaced families before winter sets in, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  17. NDMA Chairman Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir said the armed forces are flying helicopter sorties to reach an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people stranded in villages in Tharparkar, Sanghar, and Umerkot districts since water has not yet receded in many areas. “We have collected 350,000 tents so far and we need another 1 million.”
  18. About 1.4 million women of child-bearing age in the most severely affected districts of Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar, Nawabshah, Mirpurkhas, Khairpur, Sanghar, and Umerkot require access to reproductive health services, the UN agency says in a press release. Of them, over 160,000 women require emergency service.
  19. 2.3 million bags of rations were given to flood survivors in Badin, Sanghar, Umerkot, and Tharparakr. Around 70,000 bags are distributed every day.
  20. Thousands of internally displaced families living in relief camps or on sand dunes in Thar near Naukot and Kaloi have urged the government and relief agencies to immediately provide tents, food, water, and health care facilities to the affected people.