Fact Sheet 8: Pakistan Floods

Fact Sheet 8: Pakistan Floods

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Issued: September 13, 2010, 11:30 a.m.

Machni City has been flooded near Dadu while water has reached alarming levels at Manchar Lake. Manchar Lake, in Southern Province of Sindh, has increased by 17 feet during the last 24-hours. The irrigation authorities opened all spillway gates of the reservoir to ensure that the lake does not overflow and inundate adjoining villages, and areas of Sehwan Sharif and Bhan Saeed Abad.

Earlier, to cope with the low and slow funding, Government of Pakistan suggested a plan to impose a five percent flood relief surcharge. There is a growing opposition of the surcharge from economists and importers, as they argue, that it will result in the increase of prices of special commodities. Meanwhile, protests over the insufficient relief measures continue in the interior of Sindh. Looting of relief goods by indignant IDPs are reported form interior of Sindh and parts of Balochistan.

Major developments between September 05, 2010 and September 13, 2010 are:

  • Valerie Amos, the newly-appointed UN relief coordinator, has expressed her concern and disappointment over the weak international response to the UN’s Appeal for Pakistan flood and urged donors to ‘”dig deeper” into their pockets.
  • ADB decided to divert $1.5 billion from 29 ongoing projects for relief and rehabilitation. That also means that no additional funding from the organization.
  • The goodwill ambassador, Angelina Jolie, on her visit to Pakistan, announced a donation of $100,000.
  • Italy announces 80 million euros for flood affected.
  • The Federal Government is considering diverting to provinces Rs. 100 billion ($1.176 billion) earmarked under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP2010-11) for early relief and rehabilitation to provinces.
  • UN will launch its second Appeal on September 17, 2010.
  • Additional relief goods worth of US$ 240,000 sent by the Government of Japan for flood affected.
  • Bangladesh has announced $2 million relief assistance for flood-affected.
  • Because of the procedural issues none of the 20 million flood affected will get the first installment of the cash compensation before Eid
  • 327 million is the amount in rupees ($3.85 million) of the Benazir Income Support Programme’s emergency relief package that is being provided in all flood hit areas across the country.
  • NDMA dispatched 12.5 tons of food items, 2 tons dates and 102 boxes of water bottles to Moenjodaro employing two C 130
  • Number of boats deployed in the effected areas is 1238 and the total persons rescued so far are 1,380,000.
  • According to UNDP, 12 months is the time for “Early Recovery Phase” (ERP), once, people started returning to their respective places.
  • According to OCHA Coordinator, 10 million people are without shelter since last six weeks.
  • According to UN, 8 million people are in immediate need of clean drinking water in the flood affected areas.
  • Over 800,000 people celebrated Eid under open sky.
  • More than 5.3 million jobs lost due to floods in 70 affected districts.
  • According to rice traders, floods have affected more than 708,000 hectares (1.7 million acres) of rice out of the total 2.64 million hectares.
  • At least 7,820 schools have been destroyed by extreme floods forcing more that 1.6 million out of schools.
  • Sindh secretary of education has said that a total of 16,900 schools have been affected by floods in the province, forcing more than 300,000 students to discontinue their education.
  • 60,000 is the number of people suffering from epidemics, particularly from gastroenteritis and malaria, in Jhal Magsi, Jafferabad, Naseerabad, Sibi and Bolan, districts of Balochistan Province, in 30 camps.
  • 865 flood victims have been treated for insomnia and panic disorders by the International Medical Corps.
  • According to WHO, 18,202 cases of acute diarrhea have been reported so far in flood-affected areas.
  • There are disturbing media reports that NGOs relief goods distribution is limited to Quetta and are avoiding to visit Jafferabad, Nasirabad and Jhal Magsi. As a result one million survivors are deprived of clean drinking water, medicines and tents.
  • Thousands of flood survivors from flooded areas of interior of Sindh continue pouring in Karachi. City government has set up seven new camps and the total population in camps now is 74,000.
  • 19 out of the Sindh, 23 districts have been deluged, displacing more than 2.8 million people.
  • Sindh farm losses is estimated at R. 82 billion and around 5.9 million tons of produce has been lost.

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