Mercy Relief continues aid to Pakistan flood victims

Report
from Mercy Relief
Published on 09 Nov 2011

Latest food relief of SGD345,000 benefits 30,000 victims, 50 homes to be ready before the height of winter

Wednesday, 9 November – Millions of Pakistanis are still struggling to recover from the two colossal floods which hit them in back to back years. The 2010 and 2011 floods had directly affected more than 8 million people and destroyed more than 1.5 million homes over 37,000 villages in the Sindh Province.

Moving around the Sindh districts of Badin, Mirpurkhas and Thatta together with its local partner, the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), the Mercy Relief team personally distributed 86,500 packs of chicken biryani ready-to-eat meals and locally-procured fresh meat to 17,500 people from the three affected communities to address the critical issue of food shortage there. Another batch of dry food parcels comprising flour, oil, beans and spices are currently being distributed to 1,500 households. The total value of the latest food relief was SGD345,000.

Concurrently, Mercy Relief is continuing its reconstruction efforts in Thatta District for the building of 50 homes for the victims of the 2010 floods. The project is due for completion this December, before the height of winter. In addition, each of the 50 families will be provided with livestock (including goats and chickens), seeds and fertilizers for agriculture to help re-start their post-crisis lives. The total costs of the reconstruction project is SGD220,000.

In the immediate aftermath of the earlier floods in August 2010, Mercy Relief had partnered Singapore’s Singhealth Group and Pakistan’s South City Hospital to deploy 2 medical missions to Sukkur district over one month.

Commenting from the grounds in Pakistan, Assistant Director of International Programme, Jaffar Mydin shared, “Even during normal times, these villagers can rarely afford meat. Due to the floods, they have not had anything decent and regular to feed themselves and their families. Survival needs such as food and shelters are the main concerns here. Most of them have been staying in makeshift shelters and some have just started to return to their damaged homes two weeks ago with the waters receding. The distribution of the food supplies clearly lifted their spirits. As for the reconstruction of homes (with solar-powered lights and latrines with biogas digesters) and the provision of livelihood opportunities, this project seeks to replace the broken track that has derailed the victims’ lives and to empower them in moving forward.”

For more information, please contact

Syahida Othman / Selene Ong
(65) 96395759 / (65) 91066108
corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity, established in response to the human tragedies in Asia. It aims to promote a civic life of compassion, care and volunteerism amongst Man. Its aid programmes include providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken locations; and longer-term development projects to uplift the lives of impoverished and disadvantaged communities, focusing on water & sanitation, shelter, healthcare, education and sustainable livelihoods.

Mercy Relief is governed by a Board of Directors comprising multi-racial corporate and social leaders. It was officially launched by then-Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in September 2003, and extends its services to all regardless of country, culture or creed. It is an Institution of Public Character since 2003.

To date, Mercy Relief has touched the lives and hearts in 20 Asian countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, the Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.