Issued: September 19, 2010, 6:18 p.m.
The government and the donors on Friday, approved diversion of funds allocated for addressing the root causes of extremism in the war-torn regions to rebuild infrastructure in flood-effected areas of Khyber-Pakhtnunkhawa and the volatile tribal belt.
The first snow fall of the winter season brings more difficulties for the flood hit residents and in Kalam, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa it resulted in suspension of copter service for relief activities.
Meanwhile, UNOCHA office, expressed concern on the situation of Southern Province, Sindh, and declared that “the second wave of deaths will soon come; we are entering the worst stage now”.
Latest developments between September 16, 2010 and September 19, 2010 are:
- The United Nations, on Friday appealed for a record 2 billion dollars in emergency aid for the millions affected by Pakistan’s devastating floods for a 12 month period.
- The appeal has 483 projects to be carried out by 15 UN bodies, the IOM and 156 national and International Non-governmental Organizations.
- A total of 79.9 percent of the initial appeal has materialized including the pledges.
- Qatar Royal family has pledged, Rupees 400 million ($4.7 million) for aid. Meanwhile India hands over $20 million check to UN for relief efforts in Pakistan’s flood affected areas.
- Since August 5, 3 million is the amount of relief supplies that have been delivered by US military aircraft to support Pakistan’s flood relief efforts when their relief operations began in Pakistan.
- Ministry of food and agriculture is finalizing a relief and incentive plan of Rupees 36 billion ($0.42 billion) interest free loans for flood-hit farmers. An additional subsidy on distribution of wheat seed and fertilizer of Rupees. 2.2 billion ($0.02 billion), for Rabi (winter; October to February) season is also planned.
- UNOCHA has said that flood affected farmers will remain dependent on aid till 2012.
- As estimated by Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMEDA), around 310,000 of small business are affected, across the country.
- Of the 1 million homes damaged or destroyed, about 40,000 or four percent have been reached and provided with tents and plastic sheet. In another statement by IOM, more than 80 percent of the Pakistanis left homeless, by the floods, are still shelter-less.
- A total of 0.5 million women are pregnant, in the flood-devastated areas, out of whom 1,700 go into labor everyday.
- The expected number of malaria cases in the flood affected areas is 2.2 million.
- A total of 30,000 people are affected in Gilgit-Baltistan Province. Meanwhile, only 20 percent students of all the school going children attended the school in first three weeks of September in Muzafargarh.
- Over 5,000 survivors been expelled from relief camps, on the verbal order of the district officers from various educational institutions of Multan.
- Various parts of the Indus Highway have been inundated as flood waters were released through the development of numerous breaches in Manchar Lake. Around 100,000 cusecs of flood water gushes out from breaches. At least 50 more villages of Sehwan are submerged in flood waters.
- In the province of Sindh, Rupees 80 billion ($0.94 billion) of crops been damaged.
- According to latest estimates around 5,000 schools have been damaged, in Sindh, and the sector has suffered looses of Rupees 26 billion ($0.305 billion).
- Sindh Health department has suffered a loss of Rupees 3.9 billion ($0.045 billion). The worst-effected district in terms of health facilities’ damaged is Jacobabad.
- In Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh Province, IDPs registration will start from Monday, September 19, 2010, so that they can receive Watan Cards: a payment mechanism for the compensation money. There are approximately 88,000 survivors in the 59 relief camps in Karachi and more 20,000 are expected from Sehwan.
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