Situation Update: Calamity-hit areas face threats of homelessness and food insecurity

Situation Update: Calamity-hit areas face threats of homelessness and food insecurity

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The rains continued on Sunday in southern parts of Sindh, including Badin, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, and Tharparkar. According to the meteorological department, the rains will continue for the next few days. Latest reports indicate that multiple canal breeches have been reported from rain while the affected population of these four districts can reach 500,000 – 750,000 people. Additional loss of life and food shortages are feared due to large scale damage to mud and straw homes, livestock, and crops including cotton, mustard, and rice. The possibility of additional breaches and more flooding owing to reverse and overflows are also a concern.

Background

The disruption of communication and road networks continues to pose challenges in collecting information on the severity of damages, particularly in terms of long-term implication for food security due to crop losses.

Today, media reports also declared 24 union councils of Mirpurkhas District and 6 union councils of Tharparkar District as calamity-hit areas.

Although media and humanitarian organizations in the affected areas report needs such as food, shelter, medicines, and clean drinking water, an official, cumulative report from the government on immediate needs or a call for assistance have yet to be issued.

Thousands of affected people have been rescued and shifted to relief camps by the Pakistan army and navy. However, camps set up by the district administration continue to lack basic facilities for affected communities.

CWS-P/A Response

CWS-P/A’s first response team continues to monitor the situation while conducting rapid needs assessment. The team is in close coordination with its partners and government authorities and would begin response as soon as the government launches an appeal for support from donors and the humanitarian community. CWS-P/A’s disaster response team is prepared to respond if the need arises for food, NFIs, and tents.

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