Pakistan: Cyclone Yemyin/Floods Appeal MDRPK001 Operations Update No. 11

GLIDE n° FF-2007-000082-PAK and TC-2007-000084-PAK

Period covered by this Ops Update: 1-30 November 2007.

Appeal target (current): CHF 21.34 million (USD 18.4 million or EUR 12.9 million).

Appeal coverage: 43%; Outstanding needs: CHF 12.17 million (USD 10.3 million or EUR 7.4 million).

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 4 July 2007 for CHF 10.38 million (USD 9 million or EUR 6.3 million) for six months to assist 98,000 beneficiaries (14,000 families).

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 250,000 was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the national society to respond.

- A revised emergency appeal was launched on 17 July for CHF 21.34 million U ( SD 19.2m illion or EUR 13 million) to assist 360,500 ben eficiaries (51,500 families) for six months.

Summary:

Emergency activities under the flood operation have been completed. A final series of distributions of food and non-fo od items, along with shelter kits, was finished at Jhal Magsi and Turbat in Baluchistan province and Dadu n i Sindh province during November 2007. During the reporting period, interventions by the Pakistan Red Crescent Society's (PRCS') mobile health team were also completed , along with water and sanitation activities.

Overall the operation provided health and care assistance to 61,000 people. Non -food items were distributed to approximately 23,000 families (161,0 00 people),w hile shelter kits and supplementary food items were provided t o targeted flood-affected families.

Complementing the donation of Emergency Response Unit (ERU) materials to the PRCS during previous months, discussions are continuing to fina il se post-operation training f or PRCS volunteers and staff by the ERU-donating countries. In the meantime, options for longer -term programmes in Baluchistan and Sindh are being explored.

With the official closing of the operation at the end of December 2007 , the final report will be published by 31 March 2008, in keeping with Federation reporting standards. Discussions are underway with the PRCS, the Federation office in Geneva and donors regarding utilisation of unspent funds o f r capacity building of PRCS branches in the flood affected areas. These activities would be reflected in the ongoing national society development programmes, which are included under the operations updates of the Earthquake operation (M05EA022).

The situation

Flooding in late June e / arly July20 07, caused by heavy rains and intensified by Cyclone Yemyin , affected over 2.5 million people in the so uthern areas of Pakistan. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the death toll reported ro f m the rains and cyclone was 420 (205 in Baluchistan and 215 in Sindh). Thousands of people were displaced with 71,596 homes damaged or destroyed across 6,500 villages in the two provinces. The return of people to their villages was eventually made possible due to the recession of flood waters and facilitated by governmental cash grants of PKR 15,0 00 (CHF 269 or USD 242) to affected households.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Pakistan: Pakistan Red Crescent Society (Ilyas Khan, Director of Operations/acting Secretary General), phone: +92 51 925 0409; email: m.ilyas@prcs.org.pk

In Pakistan: Federation country delegation (Udaya Regmi, acting Head of Delegation ), phone: +92 300 555 4502; Fax: +92 51 925 0418; email: udaya.regmi@ifrc.org

In South Asia region: South Asia Regional Delegation (Al Panico, Head of Regional Delegation, South Asia, New Delhi), phone: +91 11 2411 1125 ; fa x: +91 11 2411 1128; email: al.panico@ifrc.org

In Geneva: Gokce Balcik-Guess, Pakistan Desk Officer; phone: +41 22 730 4813; fax: +41 22 730 0395; email: gokce.balcik@ifrc.org