The United Nations has launched an appeal for donation to meet immediate need for, shelter and health services in flood effected areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Nearly five million Pakistanis have been hit by floods that have claimed more than 450 lives, ruined tens of thousands of houses, damaged vast swathes of crops and left hundreds of thousands living camps.
According to a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs in some areas people stranded in flood waters are still being rescued by boats to safe places thou it has been more than 1 and a half month. The World Food Programme,which has built up its emergency response capacity with all the necessary logistical and communication support, said on Friday that it still needed contributions from international donors, with a total goal of 29 Million us dollars, including 6.5 million US dollars for mailing , fortifying , transporting and distributing wheat donated by the governments of Balochistan and Sindh, two of the provinces most effected.
For the third consecutive year, severe monsoon flooding has delivered a crippling blow to million of people already suffering from high food prices, malnutrition and poverty, according to WFP
In the five worst affected districts of Sindh and Balochistan between 1.2 million and 1.2 million people are estimated to be in need off immediate food assistance.
Once again, there have been heavy losses of livestock, food stock and seeds. The Food relief agency said in a media update, with huge areas of land still under up to 2.3 metres of water, the prospects for planting the upcoming Rabi crop sown in winter look remote in the affected areas. It will be several months before families are able to resume their normal lives and livelihoods.
In the Mean time, hundreds of thousands of people are living in temprorary camps or simply under rapaulins on the roadside where they can do little but wait for the waters to subside. At the request of PAkistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, the WFP has distributed a one month ration to some 140,000 people in sindh and balochistan and preparations are under way to provide a one month ration for 1.2 million people, followed by two one-month rations for 700,000 of the severely food insecure.
The agency noted the fact that one month the rains, the water are still so deep and covering such a large areas indicates that the suffering of the victims is likely to continue for many weeks to come ahead. Satellite imagery and reports from the field show that flood water is still present in parts of Kashmore , Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Nasirabad districts in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, occupying 3,800 square kilometers.
The government has pledged 91 million dollars to the monsoon floods response and it may also provide in kind grain. Yet UN seeks for International donors to consider this issue and donate to prevent possible losses of lives and affected people could survive, till water subside.