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Introduction: the situation six months on
Almost six months after Pakistan’s 2012 flood emergency began, hundreds of thousands of people still need help to meet their basic needs, including clean water, food, shelter, health and medical services, sanitation facilities, and cash to buy other essentials. Those in greatest need of assistance and protection include children, women (such as breastfeeding mothers), as well as elderly people and flood survivors with disabilities.
Islamabad: Lack of funds and limited relief stocks will severely hamper the Pakistan government’s and aid agencies’ ability to respond to further flooding this monsoon season, a consortium of 51 international and more than 150 national humanitarian organizations warned today.
Islamabad, Pakistan, 7 May 2012
The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum is deeply shocked and saddened by the abduction and tragic killing of ICRC staff member, Mr. Khalil Rasjed Dale. On Sunday, 29 April 2012, ICRC confirmed that Mr. Dale was killed following his abduction outside ICRCs office in Quetta, Balochistan, on 5 January 2012.
Pakistan Humanitarian Forum and National Humanitarian Network Joint Press Release
The floods that began in August 2011 and swept across the province of Sindh and parts of neighbouring Balochistan resulted in one of the most destructive disasters that Pakistan has experienced. More than five million people have been affected: 1.8 million people were left homeless and more than 2.2 million acres of crops were lost, resulting in agricultural losses of nearly $2 billion.
1. Introduction 1.1 A background to PHF
1.1.1 PHF 2003 – November 2010
Islamabad, September 13, 2011 – The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) welcomes the Government’s recent decision to launch a joint humanitarian response in Sindh, the province most affected by recent monsoon rains, where over five million people in 22 out of 23 districts are affected by flooding. In addition to the 270 people reportedly killed, over 500 have been injured.
Pakistan Humanitarian Forum urges Comprehensive and Effective Aid for Desperate Situation among the Displaced, as UN and humanitarian community launches Flash Appeal. A consortium of 39 of the largest International NGOs in Pakistan is publicly appealing to the international community to immediately fund the United Nations Flash Appeal, for the nearly 2 million people displaced by conflict in northwest Pakistan. The Appeal will be formally launched on May 22.
THE 2010 MONSOON BEGINS
Late July 2010 marked a particularly tragic period in Pakistan’s history. In the north, three days of unstoppable rain caused the Indus River to swell, creating a massive body of water that moved from the Himalayas, southwards to the Arabian Sea. The effects on the country’s already impoverished population and infrastructure were immediate and catastrophic. As the disaster unfolded it was to become more destructive than the Haiti earthquake and the Japan tsunami combined.