Appeal Amount: $768,895
SITUATION: Heavy rains and melting snowfall have caused river levels in Afghanistan and Pakistan to raise enormously in recent months - and the threat of early monsoons have also created a threat to these two southern Asian nations.
In Afghanistan, 51 persons in 12 central, northeastern and eastern provinces have perished and at least 4,000 families have been affected - 2,364 homes have been destroyed and more than 4,000 animals needed for the livelihood of families have also died, according to the Afghan government.
One of the worst affected regions is the northern province of Badakhshan, one of the country's most remote and poverty-stricken areas. There, more than 1,600 acres of land have been laid to waste and thousands of livestock were killed - having a devastating effect on people who already live with a great deal of food insecurity.
In neighboring Pakistan - a densely-populated country already vulnerable to floods, droughts, earthquakes and cyclonic storms - flood waters have damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and laid to waste vast tracts of agricultural land in the low- lying areas of the Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera districts. The worst-affected areas are Tapu Koroona, Sheikhabad and Jala Bela in the Peshawer district, the site of the confluence of several major rivers. In addition to destroying homes, flooding has destroyed crops in low-lying areas and killed livestock.
CWS RESPONSE: Church World Service is responding in the affected districts of Badakhshan province in Afghanistan and the North West Frontier province and Punjab and Sindh provinces in Pakistan. The goal is to provide a total of 5,500 families -- some 38,500 persons -- with shelter kits; of those, 5,000 will also receive food packages and IMA medical boxes.
The relief package for each family will consist of the following items:
Shelter Kit : one tent; one plastic sheet; one ground sheet.
Medicine: IMA medicine box (enough medicines for approximately 5,000 of the most vulnerable persons for 3 months)
Wheat Flour(fine): 20.00 kgs
Cooking Oil: 2.50 ltrs
Pulses: 5.00 kgs
Sugar: 5.00 kgs
Tea leaves: 1.00 kgs
Rice: 5.00 kgs
Salt (Iodized): 1.00 kgs
This project will be implemented within six months and will be completed by December 31, 2005.
Shelter kits (5,500) : $480,095
Food packages (1,000): $87,250
Medicine Boxes (5) : $18,000
Project staff (6) : $11,250
Staff Travel: $16,900
Vehicle operations: $24,600
Reporting and Documenting: $2,000
Partner Grants: $127,000
Contributions to support these efforts may be sent to your denomination or directly to:
Church World Service
CWS Afghanistan/Pakistan 2005 Flood Response (Acct. #6975)
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
Contributions may also be made by credit card by calling: (800) 297-1516, ext. 222, or online at www.churchworldservice.org.
Please contact the CWS Emergency Response Program if you would like a more detailed appeal description.
For further information about disasters to which Church World Service is responding please visit www.churchworldservice.org or call the CWS Hotline, (800) 297-1516.