Pakistan: BEEJ Disaster Coordination Cell at DCO Complex, District Barkhan - Situation Report no. 3, July 2010

Situation Report
Originally published
Updates as of 2:00 PM 29/07/2010

On the 8th day of the disaster; damage assessment reports of the 4 committees sent by Deputy Commissioner Barkhan have returned and provided their one pager report of financial estimate of losses. This report provides financial estimate of the damages in terms of Kaccha & Pakka houses, crops, livestock and machinery lost to flood water. It should be noted that the data provided is not enough for planning emergency response activities.

So far after 27th July, 2010 no further support in form of relief items have been received by the district administration and no I/NGO is active in the area. Most of the (I)NGOs are conducting data gathering through telephone and no ground assessment has been carried out yet.

The second cycle of Monsoon rain has started in the area with heavy rains in District Barkhan starting from 28th July, 2010. Currently the sky is cloudy and more rain is expected. The runoff water of the hills and torrents has filled up the streams and mobility to most areas from Barkhan Town is not possible.

The district administration is providing ration donated from different sources but the issue about the requirement of CNIC from beneficiaries of distribution is still there as the main affected people have lost their documents, CNIIC, cash, jewelry, clothes (kept in the metal trunks) swept away by flood water. This situation is making it hard for the ration support to be received by the most affected people.

Immediate Needs:

Water: The stream water from hills is bringing debris and animal feces with it and has high turbidity, hence unsuitable for drinking purpose. The wells have been filled up with mud and the only source available for drinking water to the people is the stagnant flood water left in the ditches created by flood. Affected population needs some filtering and water purifying support such as NOREX filters, Aqua Tabs and PUR Sachets with collapsible jerry cans.

Food: Most of the stored grain and livestock has been swept away in the flood water and people are relying on the ration provided by the district administration which is not enough for the family and does not follow SPHERE standards. Food packages following SPEHER standards needs to be distributed on the base of information gathered through a household survey.

Non-Food Items: The flood water has swept away all of the non-fixed household items, including kitchen utensils, baggage containers, clothes, beddings, charpai, ration storage containers. People are in immediate need of kitchen utensils, kerosene stoves and oil, water storage containers, hygiene kits, torch lights and mosquito nets.

Shelter: The next cycle of monsoon rains has started but the disaster affected population is still living in semi-collapsed houses. Tents distribution by the district administration is very slow as they have very few tents available and distribution is done on selective basis as they do not have the complete data available to identify beneficiaries. The need for shelter to of water proof tents to be distributed; these tents will later on remain in use by the population which is nomadic in nature.

Quantitative Data:

No. of Families Affected: 1300

No. of Households: 500

Human Deaths: 18 people, Reported Missing: 5,

Perished Animals: 25,000 (60% sheep/goat, 20% bulls/cows, 10% poultry, 10% donkey)

Crops Damaged: 1500 acres (40% tomatoes, 30% Chillies, 30% Cotton)