ACT Preliminary Appeal: Assistance to Flood-Affected in Sindh: PAK111


Appeal Target: US$7,878,113

Balance Requested: US$ 7,070,681

Geneva, 7 October 2011

Dear colleagues,

Heavy monsoon rains over the last month have caused widespread damage, mostly in the southern province of Sindh. The National Disaster Management Authority has appealed for international humanitarian assistance nearly a month after monsoon rains started devastating parts of Sindh Province. Needs assessments are underway to determine the scale and scope of relief operations. However, it is clear that food, NFI, WASH, shelter, and health care are the most urgently needed to save lives that are greatly at risk to waterborne diseases, malnutrition, and food insecurity.

Approximately five million people are affected in the province, with more than half of the affected population residing in Khairpur and Badin districts. Twenty-two out of 23 districts are affected. Approximately, 700,000 homes have been damaged and more than 1.7 million acres of crops are affected. The death toll is approaching 200.

Of the total affected population, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) confirms that 131,410 people are residing in 1,484 camps as of 5 September 2011. The majority of the population is without access to shelter, food, medicines, and clean drinking water. The pre-flood economic situation of affected communities worsens their chances of meeting their basic needs. Agriculture and livestock provide the majority of income in the province and with these widely destroyed, families are without economic resources and income earning opportunities to purchase food.

ACT forum members in Pakistan include Church World Service, Pakistan/Afghanistan - CWS-P/A, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe – DKH, ICCO and Kerk in Actie, Christian Aid - CA and Norwegian Church Aid – NCA. This revised preliminary appeal covers the initial plans of CWS P/A and NCA. They are providing food and non-food items (including food packages, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats), shelter kits, hygiene kits and health services.

This version of the preliminary appeal is being reissued to include the ICCO and Kerk in Actie programme and replaces the version issued on 30 September 2011. The full appeal may well include other flooded districts and changes in assistance where information has not yet come through at the time this preliminary appeal is being issued.