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Monsoon Flash Floods Emergency appeal n° MDRPK006 - Operations Update No 13

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Period covered by this operations update: From 2 February 2011 to 4 March 2011.

Appeal target (current): CHF 130,673,677

Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 64.8 per cent covered in cash and kind; and 71 per cent covered including contributions currently in the pipeline. Funds are still urgently needed to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society in this operation to assist those affected by the floods.

Appeal history:

· A revised emergency appeal was launched on 15 November 2010 for CHF 130,673,677 (USD 133.8 mil or EUR 97.9 mil) to assist 130,000 families (some 900,000 people) for 24 months.

· An emergency appeal was launched on 19 August 2010 for CHF 75,852,261 (USD 72.5 mil or EUR 56.3 mil) for 18 months to assist 130,000 flood-affected families (some 900,000 beneficiaries).

· A preliminary emergency appeal was launched on 2 August 2010 for CHF 17,008,050 (USD 16,333,000 or EUR 12,514,600) for 9 months to assist 175,000 beneficiaries. · Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 250,000 (USD 239,406 or EUR 183,589) was allocated on 30 July 2010 to support the National Society's response to the emergency.

Summary:

The floods operation is entering the recovery phase after successful completion of the relief phases. Early recovery activities commenced in December with the delivery of winterized transitional shelter to the northern regions of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK) and Gilgit Baltistan, and with the distribution of winter vegetable seeds in Sindh. Followed by these early recovery interventions an integrated recovery approach has been adopted for the recovery operation. The integrated approach will focus on an integrated recovery programme covering health, water and sanitation, shelter, and livelihood sector operating in selected communities simultaneously. It aims to provide an entire coverage of all sectors in the selected communities.

By the end of January 2011, Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) concluded a month-long integrated field assessment based on the vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA) methodology. These assessment findings were presented to all the sectoral coordinators in a week-long planning exercise. These findings became the base for the integrated recovery plans. A cash-based programming approach will support shelter and livelihoods activities within this flood response. Cash transfer mechanisms to support these two areas of intervention are being developed through a pilot project in Sindh. These are being designed to support the scale up of recovery activities in the three flood affected provinces.

The National Society's humanitarian achievements and messages receive continuous coverage externally through the media, supplemented by beneficiary communication headway in PRCS-produced radio and television programmes that enjoy good public reception and provide an important accountability measure to ensure IFRC/PRCS projects are well placed.