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08 May 2014 description

As the UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief, Kyung-wha Kang, undertakes her first mission to Pakistan this week, here are five facts about the humanitarian situation in the country, where insecurity, natural disasters and displacement continue to affect millions of people.

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20 Feb 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reports indicate that nearly all the 22,000 people who fled their villages in North Waziristan in January fearing security operations have returned home.

  • Health authorities have confirmed 11 new polio cases in north- western Pakistan this year. Partners are concerned that displacements from North Waziristan could result in the spread of the poliovirus to neighbouring districts.

17 Dec 2012 description

Highlights

  • Thousands of families remain in need of critical humanitarian assistance in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and in flood-affected areas of southern Pakistan.

  • Most humanitarian projects to end in December 2012 in KP and FATA due to lack of funds.

  • Standing water in the flood-affected districts is making it difficult to restore livelihood.

05 Dec 2012 description

The Emergency Response Roster (ERR) is OCHA’s central mechanism for the deploying of internal surge during the initial emergency phase. There are approximately 35 OCHA staff on the ERR who can deployat short notice, usually for six weeks but sometimes up to three months. Staff are placed on the ERR for a six-month period, with supervisors pre-clearing their possible deployment. Since 2007 the ERR has deployed 192 staff for a total of 8,701 deployment days to some 40 countries.

10 Sep 2012 description
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Highlights

  • Funding shortfalls are undermining the ongoing humanitarian response in Pakistan, with aid agencies cutting critical life-saving assistance.

  • Needs in Syria increased to an estimated 2.5 million people and the number of refugees has doubled since July. Whilst humanitarian agencies have scaled up, these efforts are being undermined by funding shortfalls.

  • The government of Iran led the humanitarian response to two earthquakes that left 300 dead, 2600 njured and over 150,000 affected.

FUNDING

26 Apr 2012 description

Malaria is endemic in Pakistan, and outbreaks always increase during and after the monsoon season. After the devastating floods of 2010, pools and small lakes were left behind that provided ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes. People who had lost their homes were forced to sleep outside, making them more vulnerable.

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10 Apr 2012 description

For two consecutive years, unprecedented monsoon rains and floods have swept across southern Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan Provinces, affecting millions of people’s lives. The floods of July and August 2010 and 2011 destroyed villages, communities and livelihoods, and forced many people to flee from their homes. In 2010, nearly 2,000 people died and an estimated 14 million people needed humanitarian assistance.

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28 Feb 2012 description

Perveen Majeed and her family lost all their belongings during Pakistan’s devastating floods in 2010. Their home was severely damaged and Perveen’s small handicrafts business was ruined.

As the family’s sole breadwinner, Perveen depended on the business to help feed her five children and her husband, who suffered a major accident five years ago. After the floods, she had to rely on the community’s goodwill to keep her family afloat.

29 Nov 2011 description

Your Excellency, Sheik Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani,

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to thank the State of Qatar for its generous hospitality.

This international conference comes at a particularly opportune moment and my thanks to Qatar, Turkey and the Dominican Republic for co-sponsoring it.

Last year, more than one natural disaster with humanitarian consequences – small and large – occurred per day, causing the death of nearly 297,000 people, affected almost 208 million others and resulted in an estimated $110 billion in damages.

17 Nov 2011 description

The stench of stagnant water fills Jhatpat, one of the main towns in Jaffarabad, in the northern Pakistani province of Balochistan.

The congested streets have become unbearable since the September monsoon rains, which have neither drained nor evaporated due to blocked sewage lines and dropping temperatures. Mosquitoes and other insects are spreading malaria, diarrhoea and skin infections.

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12 Oct 2011 description

(Shanghai/New York, 12 October 2011): Asia and the Pacific’s most experienced emergency responders have gathered in Shanghai, China to look at strengthening disaster response and preparedness.

Up to 100 disaster management professionals from 25 countries in Asia and the Pacific as well as representatives from the United Nations, the Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies and international NGOs are participating in the region’s fourth Regional Humanitarian Partnership Meeting.

11 Oct 2011 description

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has published a video on the Real-Time Evaluation of the humanitarian response to the 2010 Pakistan floods carried out by DARA, featuring Riccardo Polastro, Head of Evaluations at DARA. The video underlines the key challenges the humanitarian response faced in Pakistan.

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30 Sep 2011 description

(Islamabad/New York: 30 September 2011): The United Nations is warning that resources are running out amidst growing humanitarian needs in flood ravaged southern Pakistan. The floods washed away entire communities and have left more than five million people struggling to survive without adequate food, water, health care and shelter.

26 Sep 2011 description

I. Key Messages

  1. Widespread flooding in Pakistan has caused a major humanitarian emergency, but the situation has not received sufficient international attention. At least 5.4 million people need help, and the number is growing. In some areas of Sindh, humanitarian needs are approaching the levels of 2010. This crisis requires an urgent response.

05 Sep 2011 description

Situation Overview

Weather Update

The current monsoon spell with an across the country impact is likely to last more than a week: 31 August to 7 September. Rains over the last 48 hours have had an optimum impact over north east Balochistan (88mm in Khuzdar), upper Sindh (48mm in Dadu ) and in lower Punjab (45 mm in Rahim Yar Khan); and

Forecasts over the coming week indicates perpetuation of current spell with a peak in Southern Sindh over 6 and 7 September. However, it is likely to weaken thereafter;

Likely Humanitarian Impact

05 Aug 2011 description

This Bulletin is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. The Humanitarian Bulletin focuses on the situation related to the Internally Displaced Persons in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, the returns process and Early Recovery needs of populations in FATA, along with other humanitarian issues.

Situation Overview

28 Jul 2011 description

(Islamabad: 28 July 2010): One year ago Pakistan was hit by unprecedented monsoon rains and floods. Across the country the scope and scale of the crisis was exceptional, affecting the lives of over 18 million people, washing away communities and livelihoods, and forcing millions to flee from their homes. The crisis took the lives of a confirmed 1,980 people and left an estimated 14 million in need of humanitarian assistance.