Pakistan

Pakistan - Cyclone OCHA Situation Report No. 2

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Situation Report
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Posted
Originally published
OCHA/GVA - 99/0065
Pakistan - Cyclone
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
3 June 1999

Situation

1. The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Islamabad reported that the cyclone that hit southern Pakistan on 20 May brought about the following damages according to the Emergency Relief Cell of the Cabinet Division of the Government of Pakistan (provisional figures as of 1 June 1999):

Item
Thatta
Badin
Total
Loss of life
118
50
168
Villages affected
3,758
1,485
5,243
Cattle lost
5,667
1,051
6,718
Houses damaged
55,048
7,960
63,008
Houses destroyed
38,509
5,640
44,149
Persons affected
247,482
350,000
597,482
Relief camps established
3
17
20
Persons in shelters
3,139
6,113
9,252
Area affected (acres)
1,073,279
380,000
1,453,279
Crops affected (acres)
285,977
115,000
400,977

In view of the fact that the people affected by the cyclone were fishermen, no information regarding damages to the fishing fleet has been received, but there is widespread belief that much of it has been destroyed, with heavy loss of life.

National Response

2. The Government has deployed 130 teams to assess the damages in the two affected districts. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has announced PKR 500 million (USD 9,941,741) in addition to his earlier commitment of PKR 50 million (USD 994,174). The Government of Pakistan has also launched rehabilitation work in affected areas and people are being encouraged to move out of camps back to their villages. The Provincial Governments of Punjab, North West Frontier Province and Balochistan have also provided relief assistance of cash and in-kind donations.

3. The Army is in charge of the relief operation, and is distributing food and water in collaboration with the Navy. Some areas in the two affected districts, Thatta and Badin, are still inaccessible and relief items are being dropped by helicopter. Shelters are also managed by the Army.

4. In coordination with the Government and local NGOs, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is distributing emergency relief items from its stocks. A joint PRCS/IFRC assessment team is in the area.

Needs

5. The latest information received from United Nations field staff teams identifies the need for provision of medicines, water, shelter and some of the most immediate food needs of the affected population.

International Response

6. The Government of Japan decided to extend in kind emergency grant assistance in the form of blankets, stoves and medicine, worth USD 147,295 (JPY 17,970,000). USAID has provided USD 25,000 to a local charitable organization. The United Kingdom has pledged GBP 100,000 to provide shelters, food parcels, medicine and domestic implements to 25,000 displaced persons, through IFRC/PRCS. ECHO is assessing needs in expectation of approval of a 1 million Euro contribution. Saudi Arabia dispatched approximately 65 tonnes of food, medicine and shelter materials to Pakistan.

7. IFRC launched a preliminary appeal on 25 May, seeking CHF 1,540,000 in cash, kind and services to assist 25,000 beneficiaries for 3 months.

8. The Resident Coordinator established a United Nations Disaster Management Team (UNDMT), consisting of representatives from UNICEF, WHO, FAO and UNDP, under the leadership of theWFP representative, to assess the United Nations response and possible relief assistance. WFP is considering distributing 200 tons of Corn Soya Blend and 20 tons of edible oil. UNICEF intends to distribute 4,000 jerry cans for fresh water, 20,000 water purification tablets, 9,000 Cholera Typhoid vaccines, 2,000 packets of eye drops, 22,000 milk packs, 10,000 oral rehydration salt (O.R.S) tablet packets, anti-malaria and anti-diarrhoea tablets (40,000 each), 40,000 vitamin, antibiotic and skin ointment packets and 1,000 bales of ladies/children's clothes. WHO has released supplies of medicaments amounting to USD 10,000 to the Provincial Health Authorities.

9. OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office, who are monitoring the situation along with the Emergency Relief Cell of the Cabinet Division. No formal request for international assistance has been made by the central Government. However, the Sindh Relief Commissioner has submitted a request for food supplies, blankets and other relief items.

10. The attached contributions table contains data reported to OCHA Geneva by donors on the date of issue of this report. Any future updates on contributions may be found by clicking on Financial Tracking at the top of the page for this disaster on the OCHA Internet Website (http://www.reliefweb.int).

11. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA-Geneva, as indicated below, of bilateral relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding value by item.

12. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int

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