The floods in Pakistan have left millions without jobs and shelter. The loss of jobs and shelter explains the quantity and scale of needs caused by the devastating floods. Consequently amongst all other concerns is the vital need to restore livelihoods which have been completely lost for many communities.
With extensive damage to livestock and crops people undoubtedly face threats of food insecurity. The flooding has interrupted planting seasons for farmers whose source of income solely depends on the produce of the land. Simultaneously, prevailing inflation in the country repeatedly has made survival challenging for the poorest of the poor. It is clear that reconstruction of homes will be expensive for families who have lost everything. As these families move back to their land, communities will need to rebuild their homes and communal infrastructure and restore or find alternative income sources. For long-term sustainability, humanitarian efforts should focus on skills training that will enhance livelihood and infrastructure restoration.
Although the immediate danger caused by floods is gone, the health risks remain high. Local facilities remain inaccessible and over-burdened; emergency health services such as mobile health units have been serving affected communities. However, longer term solutions need to exist so that health services continue while reconstruction takes place. The importance of health education and awareness is also crucial for assisting communities prevent unnecessary illness due to poor living conditions and hygiene practices.
Recovering from Pakistan’s worst natural disaster will take years. Every step needs to be planned and quality must be ensured. Community participation and capacity building are essential to maximizing the potential and sustainability of recovery efforts.
CWS-P/A distributed a total of 13,000 food packages amounting to 1,820 tons. The distribution benefits 91,200 individuals. In Swat, CWS-P/A distributed an additional 450 out of 1,200 food packages donated by the National Disaster Management Authority. A total of 7,000 non-food items have been distributed; total NFI distribution reaches 75,500 individuals. The organization has planned for additional distribution of food and non-food items for 3,000 families in Sukkur and Thatta and has distributed 500 tents in Thatta.
CWS-P/A continues its health response for flood affected families in both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh by providing preventive and curative health services. At present, three mobile health units are operational providing services in the districts of Swat, Kohistan, and Mansehra of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. One additional mobile health unit recently started operations in Khairpur while one more mobile health unit is planned for Sukkur in Sindh. CWS-P/A health teams have also conducted more than 300 health education sessions on issues related to personal hygiene, HIV & AIDS, skin infections, safe drinking water, sanitation, and local endemic diseases.
Allan A. Calma
Disaster Management Program
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