The Natural Disasters Consortium (NDC) comprising IOM, FAO, UNICEF, ACTED and HANDS completed year one of its operations. During this year, the NDC responded to the 2015 floods and earthquake, launched related recovery activities, and implemented residual recovery interventions for communities affected by disasters in earlier years. Year 1 key achievements for preparedness, response and recovery are captured below:
In preparation for future disasters, the Consortium is:
Pre-positioning stocks in strategic locations to ensure rapid response capacity in widespread geographical locations;
Conducting trainings to build coordination and assessment capacities of local NGOs and government authorities targeting vulnerable districts; and
Regularly monitoring the situation through engagement of downstream partners, government counterparts and maintenance of an emergency coordination roster utilizing SMS-based tools.
During 2015, approximately 200,000 households were affected by flash and riverine flooding in the summer followed by large scale destruction as a result of the Badakshan earthquake. Accordingly, Year 1 response activities complemented government initiatives to respond to live-saving needs of disaster affected populations by providing:
Shelter support comprising roofing kits, shelter non-food items (NFIs) and winterization kits, specifically in KPK, to 24,250 families.
Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support comprising of combinations of hygiene kits and hygiene promotion sessions, emergency latrines and constructed bathrooms and rehabilitation of water resources including hand-pumps and water supply schemes. WASH support reached a total of 30,683 disaster affected families.
Restoration of livelihoods and sources of secure food through provision of livestock vaccinations and agricultural packages and engagement of communities through cash for work (CFW) for 13,000 families.
As part of its resilience and recovery programming, the Consortium is supporting 6,000 vulnerable households in disaster affected areas of Jhang, Muzaffargarh, Badin, Kashmore, Chitral and Shangla by provision of multi-sector, integrated assistance including:
Construction of disaster risk resilient shelters coupled with shelter and DRR trainings, provision of conditional cash grants and shelter repair kits, where appropriate, and trainings of local masons and community focal persons to monitor progress and quality of construction;
Construction of household latrines through by providing conditional cash grants; rehabilitation of WASH facilities in 18 schools; repair of hand-pumps and water pipes; and hygiene promotion sessions and community sensitization on desirable sanitation practices;
Provision of assistance packages related to agricultural inputs, kitchen gardening, and livestock management/vaccinations; as well as community engagement through Cash for Work (CFW) activities.
In Chitral, the NDC is also working on rehabilitation of the large Aranghoon water supply scheme, in collaboration with the Tehsil Municipal Authority to restore access to clean drinking water for over 80,000 people.
In Shangla, a shelter construction pilot using vernacular building materials directly assisted 200 households, trained 12 local artisans , and provided a DRR resilient model for other communities to replicate.
For Year 2, the NDC plans to meet recovery needs of over 24,000 households affected in 2015 through tailored and integrated recovery packages.
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