Vision21 Team visited the flood relief camps for the assessment of recent situation and need in the flood hit areas on 16th Sep 2010.
Our first point of stop was Charsadda. We visited a UNICEF & HRDS supported affectee’s camp in Meraprang Tehseel. This camp was sheltering nearly 232 families, who had fled from the nearby villages of Drabb Majoke and Faqiarabad. We met the camp incharge, Jawad Khan, who told us about the affectees. The people residing in the camps told us that 90% of the houses in those villages had been washed away. The living conditions in this camp were good as it was clean and had good WASH facilities. According to the affectees they had no major medical problems. However they complained about the non-systematic and irregular supply of food to them.
We visited their villages, which were near to the camp. Two of the local people accompanied to guide us towards the village. After a 10 minutes drive we were in Drabb Majoke. The village presented a sight of complete destruction. The houses and mosques were ruined. The children were roaming around the streets, which were now turned into an open flat ground. A group of the local people started gathering around as we walked into the village. They were all walking with us and telling us about the problems they have faced. They told us that what they need most at that time was the money and resources to rebuild their homes and go back to their work and rehabilitate themselves. They complained that no one from the Government has reached them. After we took a visit to the village we came back to drop the people to the camp and moved forward to visit other camps.
Our next stop was a free medical camp in Charsadda set up in a paper mill by Ummah Welfare Trust. It was a one bedded medical camp with one doctor and one female nurse. When we reached the camp it started raining. May be that was the reason that no affectees were around in the camp at that time. We met with the nurse who had been working in the camp for more than a month. She informed us that the affectees of nearby villages visited them and the OPD of the camp was near 400 among them most number was of female patients. She explained that the common diseases that people come up with were UTI, Eyes infection, skin infection, diarrhea and gastro. The nurse also told us about their main relief camp was in the Govt. Degree College Charsadda, where 6000 affectees were sheltered.
We moved forward to go to the main camp, which was near to the paper mill camp. We met with the camp managers there. The camp incharge told us that they were providing shelter and food to near 6000 affectees in that camp. They provided the dry ration packs containing the supply for a week and stoves to the families in their tents where they cooked for themselves. The Camp Incharge, Sardar Iftikhar also told us that UWT was planning for the rehabilitation of the flood victims in their next phase of relief work. The plan was to made the prefabricated two rooms houses for them. They told us that they were working on the plan. They also had another medical camp over there. The OPD in that camp was 300. They required medicine for UTI, diarrhea, eyes & skin infections. UWT was also running their relief camps in Muzaffargarh and Multan.
After Charsadda, we went to Nowshehra according our plan. On entering the Nowshera city, we observed that many of the camps and single tents on the roadside that we had visited during our first relief plan in August were not there as the people had moved back to their houses or main camps.
We stopped first at a khema basti of above 100 tents set up underneath the foothills at the roadside. The people residing in these tents were the affectees of Mohalla Zareenabad, which was just at the walking distance to their tent. The houses of the mohalla zareenabad were still flooded and partially submerged in water. The people in this camp complained majorly that no one was helping them. The camp incharge told that they were provided the tents and crockery in the start but after that they had been on their own to arrange for the food and their living needs. An old woman who also lived in zareenabad told us that her house was still drenched with water and the only source of their income was a Suzuki pickup, which had been damaged in the flood water and no one helped her taking that out of water. The people complained that the aid did not reach them. They are helpless. They told us that they needed food, clothes and bedding, because the autumn / winter season was due to start and they did not have any provisions for that.
In all the camps that we visited in Charsadda and Nowshehra, we have assessed the following needs in those camps:
Food: dry ration supply /ready to eat food on regular basis according to the basic nutrition rules. The food supply was either short or irregular. There is a need of proper assessment before the distribution of aid items.
Medical Care &Health: The medical condition in the camps we visited was comparatively better that the other things. The affectees were provided with medical treatment and medicine in almost all camps. However there was need of the medicine for skin and eyes infection, ORS for children and anti malarial medicines.
Clothing and bedding: as the winter season is due to start soon so there is need of warm clothes, and bedding for the affectees
Schools and skill centers: We have noticed during our visits that none of the camp had school & skill centre for the children and elders. There is also the need of setting up schools for children and training centers for the women and elders to empower them so that they can start helping themselves.
Clean Drinking Water: There is a need to arrange the proper sources of clean drinking water
Rehabilitation: No work for the rehabilitation has been done or started yet in the areas we visited. The work of reconstruction of their houses, roads, schools and infrastructure needs serious attention and will to be started for the timely rehabilitation of the flood victims.
After our assessment visit, we at Vision21 have made the following plan of action as the second phase for the relief of affectees:
1. Distribution of ration packs containing supply of food for two weeks to 250 families in Charsadda Meraprang Camp
2. Distribution of clothes and shoes to women, men and children in Meraprang camp in Charsadda
3. Distribution of clothes and shoes to men, women and children in Nowshehra Camp
4. Donation of medicine to the Ummah Welfare Trust in Charsadda
5. Registration of affectees in Charsadda and Nowshehra for the next phase of rebuilding houses and skill transfer plan of Vision21 as a third phase of flood relief