Situation Update: “Communities Severely Affected; More Intense Monsoon Spells Predicted across Pakistan”

Situation Update: “Communities Severely Affected; More Intense Monsoon Spells Predicted across Pakistan”

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Background:

Heavy monsoon rainfall has triggered flooding in various regions across Pakistan causing the situation to worsen. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) confirms that 333 villages are affected and approximately 135,000 acres of various seasonal crops are destroyed. Furthermore, the deadly monsoon has displaced more than 81,000 people in country. From northern Pakistan to the southern city of Karachi, 80 people have died and 36 injured. Nearly 2,483 homes have been fully damaged and 1,405 homes have been reported as partially damaged. These figures will rise as more complete information comes from the affected areas; reports of greater losses are already coming through media and local sources.

Colossal damages have also been recorded to roads and infrastructure across the country. Currently, local authorities including the army are carrying out relief work in certain parts of Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Chitral remains the worst-hit district and hundreds of people remain homeless.

The vulnerability of communities across the country raises concerns among government and humanitarian agencies as more intense storms and active monsoon spells are predicted in mid to late-August. Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem and Brigadier Mirza Kamran Zia, both from NDMA, informed media that concerns are high for later this month, particularly for central Pakistan where more rains and flooding from hill torrents are expected.

Many farmers and their families across the country struggle with food insecurity, and now, many of them have lost this season’s harvest. The floods have caused widespread damage to homes, placing greater hardships on the affected communities. If immediate attention is not given to the needs for food, shelter, safe drinking water, health services and medicines, and other basic needs, many families will go without these basic rights or find themselves going into inescapable debt to meet their survival needs.

Without access to food, shelter, and safe drinking water, families face increased risks for illness and waterborne diseases. In Jacobabad District, CWS-P/A’s needs assessment team reports that families continue to draw water from hand pumps which have been submerged in floodwater and are drinking the contaminated water. These types of unsafe coping mechanisms can be avoided if assistance is provided timely, thus, preventing a greater humanitarian crisis over the long run.

CWS-P/A Response:

CWS-P/A is currently providing an initial distribution of food packages to 250 families in five villages in Jungshai Union Council, Thatta District, Sindh Province. This initial distribution is designed to meet families’ food needs for a one-week period. The items were dispatched and distribution will be completed so families receive this assistance prior to Eid.

CWS-P/A emergency response teams are also currently in Jacobabad and Thatta districts (Sindh) and Peshawar District (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) completing needs assessments. The organization is also in contact with local partners and coordinating with UN clusters and other forums in the country.