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The Thar Desert, located in the south of Pakistan’s Sindh province, is an arid region of rolling sand hills with a population of around 1.3 million. The area is presently facing a devastating drought-like situation.
The last two years’ rainfall during the monsoon season has been minimal, and crops have suffered. The water table has lowered to the extent that wells have started to dry up, leading to a scarcity of drinking water. Tragically, in the last few months more than 100 children have lost their lives because of malnutrition and other illnesses related to the drought.
Tearfund staff and partners are mourning the loss of Naeem Nazir, an area coordinator with a Pakistan partner who was killed in a blast at a church in Peshawar at the weekend.
Mr Nazir, who worked for the Open Theological Seminary, died along with his wife Mona, daughter Mehrab and brother Nasir while attending a Sunday church service.The incident is widely acknowledged to be an attack targeting Pakistani Christians.
Tearfund's International Director David Bainbridge called for prayer for Mr Nazir's family and loved ones:
Survivors of the recent flooding in Pakistan have been speaking of their ordeals and their relief at receiving help from a Tearfund partner.
Father-of-eleven Allah Ditta says food aid he’s received from PartnerAid has given his family ‘new hope’ after he saw his livelihood disappear under rising flood waters caused by heavy monsoon rains affecting Rajanpur district in Southern Punjab.
‘My main source of income, my farms and fields, were ruined in front of me and my home was demolished completely. We lost everything,’ said Ditta.
Thousands of beleaguered Pakistanis who have been made homeless by renewed monsoon flooding are getting emergency help from Tearfund.
Food and water purification supplies are being distributed by Tearfund partners in two of the worst affected provinces.
In Baluchistan, the Call Welfare Society is helping more than 700 families, while in Punjab, 776 households in the district of Rajanpur are getting aid. Both partners are targeting people in the poorest rural areas who may otherwise not receive any other assistance.
Ashraf Mall, Pakistan Country Rep
In July 2013 I had the privilege of visiting Muhammad Thaim village in Tando Muhammad Khan district, Pakistan with Tony Jackson, from Tearfund headquarters in the UK.
The village had been badly affected by the floods in 2011, and we started working there after this to help the community rebuild their lives. The main purpose of our visit this time was to deliver six sewing machines to a group of women who were taking sewing lessons organised by Tearfund.
5 August 2013
Dozens of people have died in Pakistan after monsoon rains brought flooding destruction to large swathes of the country.
After days of downpours, a state of emergency has been declared in Sindh province and there are damage reports from five districts in Punjab, with more than 70 villages being submerged in Sialkot district alone.
Thousands of residents are stranded by the rising waters and many have seen their livestock perish.
‘I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed … I have visited the scenes of many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.’
These words of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reveal something of the devastation inflicted on 18 million people after the worst floods in Pakistan’s living memory back in 2010.
In the immediate aftermath Tearfund provided emergency aid such as food, plastic sheets, tents, mosquito nets, blankets and water purification tablets to help people who in too many cases had lost all they possessed.
Tearfund has helped around 200,000 people following catastrophic flooding in Pakistan in 2010 and 2011.
Heavy monsoon rains brought colossal destruction to homes, property and livelihoods and affected about 25 million people.
Over the last two years, Tearfund’s operational team and our partners have been helping survivors recover in Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces.
In the initial aftermath of the floods, food, water and shelter materials were the key elements supplied but in the preceeding months the emphasis has been on longer term recovery work.
Parents Zeenat and Gulzaar ended up losing more than their home and livelihood when Pakistan was devastated by flooding in 2010.
Zeenat’s new born baby daughter Ameer Zadi died shortly after they moved into a temporary camp, having fled their village. The family had no money to pay for a doctor and treatment.
Zeenat recalls, ‘All my hopes and happiness were also going to end because we had no money and no job. I thought all my family members would die in these conditions.’
Families whose livelihoods were severely damaged by flooding in Pakistan are returning to agricultural productivity after help from Tearfund.
In the summer of 2010, monsoon rains led to extensive flooding affecting 18 million people.
Soon afterwards, Tearfund began distributing seeds and fertiliser to enable the most vulnerable to restart growing their crops after the waters subsided.
For the poorest people in Pakistan, the recent extensive floods destroyed more than fragile homes and livelihoods.
Self-respect and a sense of self-worth were often also victims of the flooding that swept through the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.
Noor Khatoo can relate to these feelings. The 61-year-old widow lost everything, including her home, when the high water ripped trough her village of Nizambaran.
Many thousands of Pakistanis still urgently need basic essentials three months after widespread flooding affected more than 5 million people, according to Tearfund partners.
Monsoon rains deluged southern Pakistan’s Sindh and Balochistan provinces, parts of which had barely recovered from extensive floods the year before.
Together Tearfund staff and four partners are helping nearly 4,700 families;
Until a Tearfund partner turned up, homeless Pakistan floods survivor Raichand Pretam had received no help for his destitute family.
The tenant farmer from the village of Bheel Colony was left in ‘a terrible situation’ after weeks of torrential rain wrecked his farming-dependent livelihood.
‘At present the village is completely under three feet of water, my house has totally collapsed, four animals died and three acres of my cultivated cotton crop has been destroyed,’ said Raichand, whose six-strong family is now living on a roadside.
The number of people affected by the floods in southern Pakistan has risen to 7.5 million, with the death toll increasing to nearly 350.
Heavy monsoon rains have left large parts of Sindh province deluged, damaging 1.4 million homes and forcing half a million people into emergency camps, with another 800,000 moving into makeshift shelters on higher ground.
With rain still falling, crops have been destroyed and food supplies are dwindling. The UN has launched an appeal for US$300 million to support relief aid.
Heavy rain over recent days means that 2 million people have now been affected in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province – with 15 out of the region’s 23 districts engulfed by flooding. Eighty-five people have died. Crops ready for harvesting have been wiped out. Although the heaviest monsoon rain occurs in July and August, more rain is forecast across most of Pakistan over the coming days.
Communities in Pakistan are once again having to leave their possessions and homes as heavy rains flood villages in the Mirpurkhas and Badin areas of Sindh Province.
Tearfund's partners SSEWA-PAK and the Diocese of Hyderabad and have sent teams to conduct needs assessments in their programme areas.
Six or seven people are thought to have been killed by the floods but it is feared that thousands have been made homeless and have lost their land.
New homes, help with growing food and improved access to clean water – just some of the ways Tearfund has helped thousands of people affected by last year’s flooding in Pakistan.
Monsoon rains caused a deluge that swept from the north to the south late last July, submerging a fifth of the country, an area roughly the size of England.
In the process some 1,700 Pakistanis died, nearly 2 million homes were damaged or destroyed and 18 million saw their lives in some way affected.
When the worst floods in Pakistan's recent history demolished her home, widow Bibi Sakina faced a precarious plight.
The 55-year-old had to flee her village of Yousaf Matchi seven months ago to escape the raging torrents that inundated this part of Sindh province.
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