Issued: September 17, 2010, 7:51 p.m.
The United Nations will raise an emergency appeal to support flood-ravaged Pakistan “The UN has initially given its 460 million dollar appeal. That will be augmented later this week,” Feldman said, ahead of a meeting on Sunday at the United Nations on the floods.
In the past few days, water inflow at Manchar lake has exceeded its outflow by several thousands cusecs per second. Officials say towns including Bhon and Jhingira are in danger of getting flooded which puts 250,000 people at risk while mass evacuations are underway. In result of a warning in Union Councils Bobak, Channa and Dal four days back 40,000 people of a total of 70,000 have already shifted to safer places such as Sehwan.
Meanwhile 250 villages in Juhi area are under water and the land route to Juhi remains suspended. Major developments between September 13, 2010 and September 16, 2010 are:
- As of September 9. 2010 Rupees 4.34 billion ($0.05 billion) worth of donations has been received in the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund at the National Bank of Pakistan.
- The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday announced it would give Pakistan a $451 million loan to help the country recover from devastating floods.
- The Chinese government announced on Monday that it would provide an additional $29.4million of humanitarian aid to Pakistan for the reconstruction of flood hit areas. The Chinese government had previously given an estimated $19million in humanitarian relief to Pakistan.
- The European Union announced on Wednesday that it would provide an additional 30 million Euros ($39 million) in emergency relief assistance to flood-stricken Pakistan, bringing its total aid to 70 million Euros.
- At present, 61 countries and six multilateral institutions have committed from $50,000 (Hungary) to over $250 million (Saudi Arabia) for flood relief. The majority of this aid, almost 62 per cent, comes from the top five donors Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and the Netherlands.
- A little less than 30 per cent of the aid comes in the form of grants, primarily monetary aid, committed for specific projects.
- Iran will donate $100 million worth of relief goods to Pakistan for flood survivors. “Help Pakistan day” is planned to be observed in Iran on September 16.
- Canada said it was sending an additional $7.3 million to help relief efforts following Pakistan worst calamity. The new aid brings Ottawa’s contribution to $39.6 million.
- Two-thirds of the aid committed has been, and is being, delivered through UN bodies and international organizations. Only one-third of it is being delivered through the Pakistani government.
- Arabia and China are the only two donors amongst the top 20 who have channeled their entire aid through the government.
- Pakistan’s economic outlook has deteriorated sharply as a result of the floods. The agriculture sector, which accounts for 21 per cent of Gross Domestic Product and 45 per cent of employment, has been hit particularly hard.
- An estimated $43 billion is the amount of economic losses inflicted by the recent floods in the country.
- A total of 6,595 people were rescued from marooned areas by the Pakistan Navy in past 24 hours. Rescue team has evacuated a total of 206,986 and distributed 754,000 kg of food and relief goods during operation “madad”.
- The Government of Pakistan will pay Rupees. 100,000 ($1176) to all flood-hit families for the reconstruction of their houses. The floods have destroyed over 1.4 million houses.
- As of September 11, 2010 2.5 million kilogram’s of relief supplies have been delivered by US military helicopters in Pakistan. They are operating from Ghazi Air base, Pano Aqil air base and Chaklala airbase.
- 6 million children have been affected by floods in Pakistan with some 1.7 million children in need of urgent life saving assistance.
- A total of 5.3 million jobs have been affected by the worst ever floods in the history of Pakistan, according to the estimates of International Labour Organisation (ILO).
- By comparison, last year’s estimated figures show that 1.3 to 1.5 million cases of malaria were reported across Pakistan for the whole year, this year however the situation is worse and the number of cases in flood hit areas alone might reach to two million.
- Schools in the flood zones may not be resuming classes on schedule given that many school buildings are being used to provide shelter for flood victims in southern Punjab.
- As per official reports, 790,000 of the total 1,426,000 acres, 153 of the 256 villages and more than 600,000 people were affected by floods in Mianwali, in Punjab province.
- 900,000 is the number of families displaced by the flood and 700,000 houses in Punjab are completely destroyed. 204 villages of Kot Addu Tehsil have been declared “calamity hit” by the provincial government.
- Punjab Government has so far distributed 40,000 tents, millions of packets of dry ration, medicines, cooked meal and 600,000 mineral water bottles.
- Around 10 percent of the 200,000 displaced people have gone back to their homes in Jacobabad, Shikarpur and some areas of Balochistan.
- The Sindh government has set t a “flood tax” collection target of Rupees 2 to 2.5 billion from people, who were unaffected by the floods.
- Across the province of Sindh 1200 children have been born in relief camps. The number of flood survivors in relief camps in Karachi has soared to 82,645.
- According to Sindh Government over 7500 villages and at least 40 towns are still submerged while 2.2 million acres of agricultural land is also under water and death toll has reached 179.
- 25 more villages in Sehwan and Johi came under water on Tuesday as the level continued to rise in the Manchar Lake, triggered by lake waters coming from the Tori bund breach.
- A majority of men, women and children were found suffering from skin and eye infections at an overcrowded flood relief camp in Kemari town due to the unhygienic conditions in which people were living.