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Coping with destruction

Our team went to the district of Charsadda, in the worst affected province of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, to do an assessment of the damage and people’s needs.

 

We also distributed food and supplies.

First to respond 

Of the 500 households which were assessed, 400 received provisions from us, including blankets, hygiene kits, plastic sheets and jerry cans. Given the number in each family, on average about eight, that means we’ve already helped about 3,600 people. 

Concern Worldwide was the first organisation to respond in this area. 

Nothing left

Our team met an 80-year-old man, who was unable to walk. He had lost everything. Mud is commonly used in place of cement when houses are built in Charsadda. So when the floods came, the mud dissolved, the roof collapsed and destroyed everything he owned.

When our team found him, the man had no food or other essentials. We gave him an emergency pack, which should keep him going in the coming days.

Food and medicine 

Elsewhere, the more affluent families in the area have been providing cooked food to those affected by the flood and the Al-Khidmat Foundation is providing medical assistance. The main medical complaints are diarrhoea (mostly children affected) and malaria. 

There is a great need for clean drinking water too. 

Urgent requirements

Our team spoke with a lot of women during the assessment – they need food and shelter. They also have specific sanitary needs which are not being addressed by anyone. 

Snake bites

Snakes and humans often seek refuge on the same high ground during floods. This causes problems. In one village alone, nine people were bitten. 

What else did we find out?

In the areas where we conducted our assessments, around 2,000 people are sheltering in schools. 

  • 30 – 40% of the schools have been damaged
  • 40% of businesses have been destroyed
  • Irrigation channels and major crops (sugar cane, maize, tobacco) have been washed away

What’s next?

The weather is improving and the flood water is receding. Now there is a need to start clearing all the debris. 

Today, another 200 households (up to 1,800 people) will also receive emergency supplies from us.

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