Red Crescent assists families affected by monsoon floods

Publié: 13 août 2013 18:17 CET

By Sumitha Martin, IFRC

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society has assisted over 1,060 families affected by the recent monsoon floods which began in early August 2013. According to the National Disaster Management Authority the floods have  caused 84 deaths and 44 injuries.

Over 81,600 people have been affected across various parts of the country, with over 4,300 houses damaged or destroyed. The provinces of Punjab and Sindh have been most affected. Floods also struck Balochistan in the west of the country and Khyber Pakhtunkwa in the northwest.

The Red Crescent has been providing search and rescue services, medical aid and relief supplies to affected families. In Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkwa, volunteers and staff assisted 62 families with relief items including tarpaulins, blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets and jerry cans. A Red Crescent Mobile Health Unit already in the area has provided emergency healthcare to 250 people. 

In Karachi, Sindh province, 92 people were evacuated by Red Crescent emergency response teams while the ambulance service transported 31 people to health facilities. Workers distributed food parcels to about 1,000 families in Karachi and four other locations in Sindh province.

Assessments by the Red Crescent provincial and district branches in other affected areas are currently underway.

“The Pakistan Red Crescent relief operation is relatively modest as the needs of affected communities right now are being attended to by district authorities in coordination with the provincial and national disaster management authorities,” explained Pakistan Red Crescent Society director of operations Ghulam Muhammad Awan. Mr. Awan stressed that the Red Crescent was monitoring the humanitarian situation closely and on standby to expand its relief operation if required.

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society has disaster preparedness stock pre-positioned in locations across the country, sufficient to meet the needs of approximately 28,000 families. The pre-positioning of stock is part of its contingency planning for disasters, particularly monsoon flooding.

Apart from normal rains expected during the next few weeks, the weather forecast indicates intense rain and the possibility of flooding in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkwa provinces in mid-August. Pakistan is regularly affected by flooding during the monsoon season. In 2010, devastating floods affected some 20 million people.