- OCHA Monsoon 2015 Update No. 2 (as of 27 Jul 2015)
- Govt Pakistan:National monsoon contingency response directive 2015
- OCHA: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 34, Mar–Jun 2015
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Heavy monsoon rains, the rapid melting of snow and outbursts from glacial lakes have led to flash floods and the flooding of the Indus River in various locations across Pakistan. The floods have affected 23 Districts across Pakistan with 55 reported fatalities and 14 people injured. Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and six Districts of Punjab province have been hit the hardest, with a high risk of floods in Sindh province in coming days. The Pakistan Army and Government authorities are providing immediate response.
ERF allocates US$3.7 million to support Bara returns
Returns to Khyber and North Waziristan Agencies (NWA) have resumed after they were temporarily halted over the Eid holidays. As of 23 July 2015, 47,160 families have returned to Khyber, South Waziristan Agency (SWA), and NWA. This includes 1,551 unregistered families to SWA, and 486 unregistered families to NWA. The return process for people of the Bar Qambar Khel tribe from Bara started on 23 July with a focus on off-camp IDPs.
Heavy monsoon rains, the rapid melting of snow and outbursts from glacial lakes from 16 to 22 July 2015 have led to flash floods and the flooding of the Indus River in various locations across Pakistan. Chitral District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been badly hit with an estimated 285,000 people affected. Areas in Gilgit Baltistan, Punjab and Sindh are also affected. The Pakistan Army and Government authorities are providing immediate response. OCHA is in contact with provincial and national disaster management authorities, and continues to monitor the situation.
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As of 9 July 2015, 42,728 families have returned to Khyber, South Waziristan Agency (SWA), and North Waziristan Agency (NWA). This includes 1,551 unregistered families to SWA, and 423 unregistered families to NWA. Returns of 3,500 registered families to the Eidak village area are ongoing.
The majority of returnees are coming from Baka Khel Camp. An inter-cluster needs assessment was conducted in Eidak village on 8-9 July, 2015 and confirmed the return process was voluntary.
Stress counselling helps older IDPs to cope with difficult circumstances
Khayal Mera, 65, led a quiet life in her small village in the Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency, FATA, until April 2013 when conflict broke out between rival armed groups and security operations against non-state armed actors ensued.
"Za ba officer joray gam", (I want to become an officer), said Ilyas Rehman, 10, clutching his recently acquired schoolbag outside his tented classroom at the Government Primary School Sheikh Yousuf in Dera Ismail Khan, FATA. The school is one of the 80 institutions in Dera Ismail Khan supported by the ERF. The ERF supports various initiatives to encourage children from displaced families living among the host community to attend school.
Asho Mai, 50, lived with her family of nine in a one-room house in Rajanpur District, in Pakistan’s north-western Punjab Province. Her husband rented a small farm where he grew cotton, earning enough to support the family’s simple life.
“We had a mud house, a livelihood and a content life,” said Asho. She explained that life was difficult, but no more difficult than in most village communities in rural Pakistan.
Ilam Taj looks towards the grey wintery sky to say a quick prayer of thanks for her daughter, Afaida, who is bubbling with energy. Taj’s mother-in-law, Feroza Bibi, joins her in prayer, “Praise be to Allah for he gave her back to us”.
Looking at her daughter, Taj narrates the story, “We took her to so many places to get her healthy. We even visited doctors which cost us a lot of money but nothing happened. Slowly she was withering away…bit by bit…As our men are away working, we did not know what else to do. We would have lost her without help”.
As a result of security operations in North Waziristan Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) more than 1 million people were reportedly displaced to various areas of neighbouring districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; into Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh Provinces; and into Afghanistan.
The FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) set up a registration centre at Ali Zai in lower Kurram Agency to register these families as displaced.
The Health Cluster is an important life-saving cluster among the nine clusters active in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), responding to the immediate health needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs). IDPs are prone to different health risks due to a variety of issues and vulnerabilities, such as malnutrition, poor sanitation, inadequate and unsafe drinking water, harsh weather and poor immune systems resulting from inadequate vaccination or immunization.
“I also earn a living now,” exclaimed a jubilant Sher Mohammad who shared his achievement. Residing in Ghulam Hussain Brohi, a small village in Jacobabad District, 26-year-old Sher Mohammad was left deaf with verbal impairment and physical disabilities due to polio at a very young age. Although very intelligent, Sher was unable to undertake any gainful activity that would contribute towards the family income. Sher’s younger brother and sister were also affected by polio and both are dependent on their father for support.
Support from the ERF is helping displaced children living in hosting areas in KP to resume their education which in turn helps and improve their life chances. PADO, a national NGO, is implementing an education project in Kohat District for children from FATA funded by the ERF.
“My family was planning for evacuation when we heard of the military operation in our village. After a short span of time the military operation started and we fled our village to save our lives,” says Muhib Ullah.
Muhib Ullah’s family is one of the displaced families from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) who fled for their lives, settling in hosting areas of Bannu District. He and his family are staying with one of his father’s friend.
“My name is Abdullah Noor Khan son of Haji Gul Mateen. I am a registered displaced person and permanent resident of Mir Ali Nawan North Waziristan. Currently I am residing in a rented house at Tapi Eid Gah Karak. I have a large family of 19 members to support. I have [a] total of 18 animals [3 cows, 2 buffalos, 2 bulls, 7 goats and 4 sheep].”