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Pakistan floods: cost of recovery

 

Concern Worldwide is responding to the recent flooding in Pakistan. Many people are in need of help, but funds are low.

We have started recovery work in Shikarpur in northern Sindh and have applied for further funds from ECHO for this district and Rajanpur in southern Punjab. We are also starting work in Jacobabad.

On Tuesday 16 October, our country director in Pakistan, Aine Fay, visited some of the flood-affected areas in northern Sindh and Balochistan. She was joined by the UN and some of our donors.

Already vulnerable

There they witnessed the devastation that the recent floods have caused. Many families there were already vulnerable, having being affected by either the floods in 2010 or 2011, some affected by both. Now, they have lost everything.

Desperate situation

Many families have moved to higher ground and residing in very old tents, which were possibly distributed after the 2010 floods. Only a limited number of people have received plastic sheeting and bamboos. Latrines were notably absent along the roadside camps and access to clean drinking water is currently through tankering. Temperatures are dropping day by day and there is a very real fear of diseases such as malaria and pneumonia being spread.

Scale of the disaster

While concrete and brick buildings are immersed in flood waters, mud houses have collapsed entirely. Local officials confirmed that 70 percent of rice crops have been lost and planting for the next season will also be lost. Malnutrition rates are already at emergency levels and are expected to get worse. UNICEF has spoken about only being able to cater for 60% of the current number of people affected due to lack of funds.