Month: August 2010

Flood Affected Districts in Pakistan- OCHA Situation Report

This report was issued by UNOCHA Pakistan. It covers the period from 25 to 27 August. I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES The flood situation in southern Sindh continues to deteriorate; large-scale population movements have been reported following the breach of an embankment in Thatta district on 26 August. An additional coordination hub is planned in Hyderabad to support scaled up response in southern Sindh. Though the Pakistan Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan (PIFERP) is now 64% funded, coverage has been uneven; WASH and health clusters, both key priorities at this point, are just 28% and 43% covered respectively.

The World’s Biggest Emergency- Gordon Brown on Huffington Post

Gordon Brown Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom We can’t carry on like this: an emergency of incredible proportions only half funded; vital days used up talking about aid fatigue — and what we have not done — instead of urgent need — what we now have to do. The Pakistan floods are the world’s biggest emergency — 60,000 square miles under water, 20 million people displaced, 14 million in need of emergency health care, six million short of food, two and a half million homeless. It is a tragedy whose book of names of lives lost, presumed dead, will never be complete. And my abiding image is of the outstretched hand of a young child begging for food that will arrive too late.

Pakistan Floods: Why Should We Care?

Ethan Casey Yesterday a non-Pakistani friend here in Seattle emailed me: “I wanted to ask you which you think would be the best organization to make a donation to for the current crisis in Pakistan . We usually give to MSF, but their website doesn’t seem to offer the opportunity to give specifically for Pakistan . Can you offer advice?” This friend is British and greatly prefers British media outlets, but I need to believe that there are many Americans who also want to help flood victims in Pakistan – or who would want to, if they knew the scale and severity of the disaster.

God, teach us to think

Ghazi Salahuddin One of the quotations that I had culled from Hollywood movies in my youth came from ‘The Teahouse of the August Moon’. It makes a simple statement: “Pain makes man think. Thought makes man wise. Wisdom makes life endurable”. That thought can make us wise is, perhaps, the gist of it. But does pain necessarily make us think? And in a logical, rational manner?

VISION21-Flood affectees relief effort

By Awaam Phase 1. Distribution of Medical packs for families in Nowshehra & Pabbi As the first phase of our efforts to help flood affectees we agreed to distribute medical and Hygiene packs for 1000 families consisting of supplies to last one month. Each pack consisted of the following: Everyday Milk pack, Aqua water cleaning tablets, Paracetamol tablets, Paracetamol and Brufen syrups for children and ORS pack for children. On 15th Aug, we setup to leave for flood hit areas in Nowshehra district, as per our plan, to deliver these items. We were a team of five people including Shaista ( team leader) Hussain , Bilal, Mudassar  and Saeed.  We travelled by a coaster bus.  We set off at 9:00 am. We went through GT road according to our plan. When we reached Taxila and Wah cantt it started to rain heavily making driving very difficult.  The rain continued until we crossed Hassan Abdal. We stopped at Attock khurd, where we saw first signs of the flood. The Indus was flooding at peak and as …

Helping Pakistan, despite its government

By Imtiaz Gul Since it was established over a week ago, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s Emergency Fund has attracted less than 50,000 dollars in donations. The same goes for a similar fund created a few days ago by chief minister of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province Ameer Haider Hoti. Flood waters are not the only bitter reality currently sweeping across Pakistan; mistrust in political leaders is spreading just as rapidly. President Asif Zardari’s decision to commence a ten-day foreign tour — despite solid warnings of an impending disaster and despite reports of hundreds of deaths — has dealt yet another severe blow to the credibility and commitment of the head of the state.