Friday, September 16, 2011
The initial August rainfall hit seven southern districts of Sindh. However, subsequent waves are affecting the entire province except for the capital of Karachi. As of September 5th, figures from United Nations Development Program (UNDP) reports show that within the province of Sindh, the population is suffering from 139 deaths and 399 injuries. There are a reported number of 130,690 individuals in relief camps.
The Government of Pakistan has asked its National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to complete needs assessments in order to prepare draft appeals to international agencies. It has also sent an official request to the United Nations and other international agencies for support in handling relief measures in the rain-affected parts of the province.
The NDMA has sent 25 response teams to various areas of the province to take part in relief measures in Tando Allah Yar, Tando Jam, Tando Muhammad Khan, Jamshoro, Jacobabad, Badin, Thatta, Mirpurkhas and Hyderabad with another batch of response teams on the way. Over fifty non-profits are mobilizing to respond to the monsoon flooding. The United Nations has been rushing food and tents while Japan and China have pledged relief goods and money. The outbreak of disease has aggravated the situation as the Health Department of the Government of Sindh reports victims of diarrhea, gastroenteritis, malaria, and skin diseases.
The SHINE Humanity team has reached Hyderabad and will be purchasing food and non food humanitarian aid items to distribute to 200 families. This includes rice, wheat flour, lentils, tea, mosquito nets, and a water can to collect lean drinking water. Our medical teams are equipped with basic medical supplies and vaccines. We need your urgent help to expand this effort and prevent to loss of lives due to famine and exposure.
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