Meeting the housing needs of flood affected communities

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ISLAMABAD [ACTED News] - The floods in the summer of 2011 destroyed the homes of some 2.3 million people, according to a multi-sector needs assessment, conducted by disaster management authorities late 2012. ACTED has been providing assistance to flood affected populations by providing kits and trainings in shelter construction, kitchen gardening and tree inputs as well as trainings to reduce food insecurity, with the support of the US Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). As of last month, 44,100 flood affected people now have newly constructed shelters; this is 1.92% of the total affected population. With the basic necessity of shelters met, the people are now better equipped to rebuild their lives.

It has been more than a year since heavy monsoon rains caused large scale flooding in Southern Pakistan, and yet there are still critical needs to be met and gaps in assistance to be filled. These gaps exist in all sectors including shelter support, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).