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CWS - Hotline 31/5/99
PAKISTAN -- CWS-Pakistan and its local partners are working to distribute emergency relief one tent, one tarpaulin, and one food basket each to 1,000 of the most vulnerable families in one of the poorest areas of Pakistan's Sindh province, after a May 20 cyclone that destroyed 2,000 homes and inundated 40,000 acres of land. At least 700 people are missing. The homeless are desperate for shelter, and strong winds and rains have hampered relief work. CWS is appealing for 60,000 in support of this effort.
Background on the Situation
The following emergency relief to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (provision of supplies) has been approved:
1. Emergency Situation
On May 20, Cyclone 2A hit the coastal areas of the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Gale-force winds (maximum velocity of 76.3M/sec) and high tides caused widespread damage. Reports indicate that 225 people died, over 1,500 are missing, and over 15,000 people are affected with approximately 50,000 homes and 60,000 hectares of agricultural land damaged.
More than 200 people are dead after a cyclone hit the south-eastern coast of Pakistan on 20 May, with winds of up to 270 kms per hour. People drowned or were crushed to death as their houses collapsed in the strong winds and tidal waves. It is estimated some 500,000 people have been affected by the cyclone, but these figures are still unconfirmed due to the inaccessibility of the affected region. Much of the area is still cut off and travel is difficult. Roads have been washed away and telephone poles and electricity lines destroyed.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
Church World Service is the Humanitarian Agency of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
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EMERGENCY ACCOUNT #976912
(In support of ACT Appeal #ASPK91, Sindh
ACT Appeal Target: $83,950
The search continues in Pakistan for more than one-thousand people still missing after last week's devestating cyclone in the south of the country.
Jonathan Harley reports:
The cyclone wiped out a wide stretch of pakistan's coastal belt in southern sindh province with reports of the death toll ranging from 231 up to 400. Navy and army troops are leading the rescue effort, digging through mud-covered debris. Around 550 people marooned by floods have been air-lifted by helicopter or rescued by navy boats.
This preliminary appeal seeks CHF 1,540,000 in cash, kind and services to assist 25,000 beneficiaries for 3 months
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0061
Pakistan - Cyclone
OCHA-Geneva Situation Report No. 1
A unique communication system using loudspeakers in mosques across the Sindh province in South Pakistan probably gave enough early warning for thousands of villagers to seek protection against a severe tropical cyclone. The cyclone ravaged the province from Thursday, 20 May 1999 before abating four days later. Despite the early warning, cyclone 02a destroyed about 200 villages in its path killing 400 people. Over 1,200 people are missing. The cyclone also destroyed standing crops, fishing boats and basic infra-structure.
Appeal Target: US$ 83,950
Remarks by Mrs Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia "Addressing Humanitarian Crises Through Global Solidarity: Is It Possible? Is It Effective?" Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 17 May 1999
appeal no. 8/98 - situation report no. 2 (final Report)
period covered: March - December 1998
A Release of Information Centre for NWFP IDPs
Indicator - Statistics
Total Area 1,967 Sq. Km.
Total Population 880,666
Average Growth Rate 1.82 percent
Population Density 447.7 persons/ Sq.
Pakistan Floods ASPK81
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs
CWS/ACT APPEAL: PAKISTAN FLOODS (#976309)
PAKISTAN FLOODS ASPK81
Appeal Target : US$ 86,080
Geneva, March 23, 1998
Torrential rains and flash floods wreaked havoc in Pakistan’s largest but least populated province of Balochistan, earlier this month.
Last week, the International Federation appealed for 775,000 Swiss francs for flood relief operations in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. The funds will be used to assist 40,000 of the most vulnerable survivors of recent flash floods that swept away more than 100 villages and to stockpile relief materials in the region. Some 300 fatalities from the floods have been confirmed but another 1,500 people are missing and feared dead.