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The monsoon of 2011 was manifested by remarkably high rainfall in South Asia. In Pakistan, there were wide spread rains. However the major downpour was in Sindh province where cumulative rainfall varied from 400 mm to around 1300 mm. These rains inundated large areas in Sindh and other provinces causing damage to crops, infrastructure and human settlements, thus adversely affecting national economy.
- Executive Summary
This document contains analysis of the fourth round of assessments where data was collected from 11 PDMA notified districts (Badin, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Umerkot, Dadu, Matiari, Hyderabad,
The present study is in response to commitments made during the second session of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in June 2009. The purpose of those commitments was to assess the level of disaster resilience in all schools in disaster-prone countries by 2011 and have all related government‘s agencies develop a national plan for school safety by 2015.
1. Executive Summary
Severe and widespread flooding in Sindh has affected, and is continuing to affect, an estimated 5.5 million people during the 2011 monsoon period. Despite robust interventions by the government, Pakistan decided to ask for international assistance in the emergency response. As a consequence, on the 7th September 2011, four humanitarian clusters were activated, including the Shelter Cluster. An inter-agency rapid assessment was agreed and this report contains the initial findings of the Shelter Cluster Temporary Settlement Support Unit (TSSU) survey.
The recent flood in Sindh due to rains started in the last week of August, the severely hit districts Badin, MirpurKhas, Tando Muhammad Khan, Sanghar, UmerKot, Nawab Shah and Jamshoro in Lower Sindh, Southern and Northern Sindh. Rain multiplied with the poor system of Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) has created havocs in the life of poor communities living in these water locked areas.
The southern parts of Sindh province1 in Pakistan have been badly affected by devastating rains from 9th to 11th August 2011. The second spell of heavy rains is also begun in the last week of August which may likely further exaggerate the woes of situations.
Demography of Sindh
In the aftermath of Sindh floods-2011 the Provincial Health Department in collaboration with National Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Network (NHEPRN), Cabinet Division and WHO carried out the Health Initial Rapid Needs Assessment in 22 flood affected districts.
Badin district is the tail of Pakistan with a population of about 1.3 m in the far south of the country. Because of its location as the last destination all water flows in the upper and lower Sindh and vulnerable to torrential rains of the Indian coastal line it is vulnerable to the damages caused by heavy monsoon rains and as is the most badly affected district by heavy rains.
While headlines of international struggles for democracy and natural disasters in developed countries currently dominate the world media, it is important for the international community not to forget the ongoing plight of the flood-affected people of Pakistan, 12 months after the disaster that affected 20 million people. This underexposed crisis topped the impact of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It is considered as the worst humanitarian crisis in the last decades.
Foreword from the Chief Executive Officer
By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service
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The monsoon floods that began in Pakistan in July 2010 caused a colossal disaster. Thanks to the collective efforts of the Pakistani Government, UN agencies, international NGOs, and local relief organisations, the response has achieved major successes and seen millions of Pakistanis receive vital emergency relief. However, the disaster is not over and many people still need humanitarian assistance.