1st Situation Analysis Survey - Tharparkar March –2014

Originally published


1 Acknowledgement:

This report is prepared by HANDS – Pakistan with technical support of UN-OCHA.Special thanks for the valuable inputs from representatives of WHO, Unicef, WFP, FAO and Other Humanitarian Partners

2 Introduction:

Tharparkar District , is one of the districts of Sindh province in Pakistan. It is headquartered at Mithi. It has the lowest Human Development Index of all districts in Sindh.

Dhatki also known as Thari, which is a Rajasthani language, is common language, which is also the majority language of neighboring Umerkot district. However Sindhi and Urdu are also spoken. The largest tribe in Tharparkar district is Meghwar Scheduled Castes. The population can be divided into three main classes, Rajputs, which include Muslim and Hindu tribes and aboriginal tribes. The large number of aboriginal Bhils are also settled in a huge population in Tharparkar district. Many nomadic Sindhi tribe inhabit the region. Thakurs mostly left Tharparkar and migrated in India after independence of Pakistan.

Traditionaly the economy of the district population depend on livestocks and agriculture. If a family requires cash for essential commodities or services, they trade-in or sell their animals to fulfil their requirements. The current Veternary epidemic has wiped out most of their livestock and ability to sustain.