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FANSA Pakistan mobilises to support flood victims

Following the recent floods in Pakistan which inundated a fifth of the country, FANSA member SCOPE has launched 'Operation Clean Water' in which they are distributing clean drinking water among the affected population around Thatta city, in the district of Sindh. 

Pakistan has been ravaged by the severe floods which has killed 1,600 people and displaced 20 million. Most of the affected are still without shelter, food and water. Waterborne diseases are threatening lives of the surviving millions.

“Currently we are distributing about 5,000 gallons per day, but this operation is very small considering the scale of the catastrophe. We want to increase this operation to many more areas, as rapidly as possible. We intend to supply cans of clean water, install hand pumps at refugees camps and install reverse osmosis (RO) based water purification plants. We also intend to distribute hygiene kits," said Tanvir Arif, FANSA Pakistan co-convenor, "Provision of clean drinking water to people is a huge challenge, and we don’t have much time to wait to see millions of people become victims of lethal water borne diseases," he added.

The rain in the North West of Pakistan has devastated normal life, where over 400 people lost their lives in the flood and over 400,000 lost their homes.

“We are short of life saving essentials and food. Relief and rehabilitation work are occurring at a snail’s pace. We fear that many will die before the adequate relief arrives," worries Shah Nasir, executive director of FANSA member Integrated Regional Support Programme (IRSP).

Pakistan floodsIRSP have started cleaning and disinfecting wells. With the support of Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) they plan to clean and disinfect 2,000 wells in the worst hit area. In coordination with WaterAid, they are also providing hygiene kits to over 3,000 families and 1,000 special menstrual hygiene kits to women and girls.

 “We have started providing clean water and hygiene kits to cater the emergency need through our partners, but the real need will come in the following weeks when these people will return to their houses and start reconstruction,” informed Mustafa Talpur, Regional Advocacy and Policy Manager, WaterAid based in Islamabad.

“We set the target to de-sludge the latrines and disinfect the water sources but we lack the experts on water source disinfection methods. I am inviting all those who have know how of wells cleaning and disinfection to come forward and share with us your experience and knowledge. We would like to invite experts to visit us, we have no money to support your logistics but we are ready to provide accommodation and food during your stay in Pakistan.” says Mr Nasir.

The UN has doubled its estimate of the number of people made homeless - to 4 million - after weeks of historic monsoon rains. Overall, 20 million are affected. And the worst part is: the floodwaters haven't stopped.

People in Pakistan need your help now more than ever.

Concern-RAPDI Fund has launched a call for proposal for flood affected districts of Pakistan. The detail guidelines and formats are available at the website

For more information:

Asst. Program Director RAPID
Concern Worldwide Pakistan Programme
Cell: # 0345-5777701
Email: assistant.programrapid@concern.net
Skype: amjad770

Likewise, Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA) convened a meeting with a number of civil society organisations and concerned citizens of India and Pakistan in Amritsar and later in Lahore and decided to launch a Joint India- Pakistan Forum for Relief to help the affected people of Pakistan and Leh - India at the time of this grave crisis.

Cheques / Demand drafts may be drawn in favour of COVA payable at Hyderabad- India. Contact Details: COVA, 20-4-10, Charminar, Hyderabad- A.P. India- 500002. Ph: +91- 40- 24572984, Fax: 24574527,

Email: covanetwork@gmail.com

All Indian contributors can avail tax exemption under Section 80 G. Receipts of the donations and a Report of the relief provided, along with a statement of accounts will be provided to all the contributors.

 

Read an insightful thought piece written by FAN member Arif hasan on page 9 of ACHR's newsletter (PDF 1.3 Mb)