Pakistan Humanitarian Bulletin - 29 September 2011

This Bulletin is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. The Bulletin covers the humanitarian situation resulting from monsoon floods in Pakistan. The next bulletin will be issued on or around 6 October.

Situation Overview

The UN-Government joint rapid needs assessments that were completed in 16 districts of Sindh show that 5.44 million people (25 percent of the total population), including 2.66 million women were affected by the rains and floods, with 1.8 million people of these displaced from their homes., National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) reports that some 8.9 million people have been affected by floods in Sindh. The assessment results further show that floods and rains also affected 11 districts of Balochistan. More than 389,600 people have been affected while some 3,400 people are residing in 1,254 temporary shelter sites.

More than 2,449 schools in 10 districts of Sindh continue to host the displaced population.
Voluntary movement of IDPs from these schools needs to be ensured. Furthermore, there is a need for an integrated approach towards response in Sindh and Balochistan covering all life saving sectors.

The Government figures show that heavy rains and floods damaged some 2.1 million acres of cropped area in Sindh alone. This is the second year running that the agrarian community in the province has been deprived of standing crops, following the massive floods of the last year. Crops, including grains, cotton, sugarcane and vegetables have been damaged or lost. This will not only have an impact on the local economy but also at the national level as Pakistan’s major exports are agriculture products.

UN agencies involved in response activities in Sindh, held a meeting with the President of Pakistan in Karachi on 23 September. The president was apprised of response activities and the current priorities in the assistance to the affected population. The President thanked the humanitarian community for the assistance so far provided and urged upon the international humanitarian community to focus on the mitigation measures to counter the natural disasters brought about by the climate change.

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