Pakistan: Cyclone Yemyin/Floods Appeal MDRPK001 Operations Update No. 7

Situation Report
Originally published


GLIDE no. FF-2007-000082-PAK and TC-2007-000084-PAK

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In Brief

Operations update no. 07; Period covered: 31 July to 13 August 2007; Appeal target: CHF 21.34 million (USD 17.3 million or EUR 12.9 million); Appeal coverage: 41%; Outstanding needs: CHF 12.65 million (USD 10.4 million or EUR 7.7 million)

Appeal history:

- Preliminary Appeal launched on 4 July 2007, for CHF 10.38 million (USD 8.5 million or EUR 6.2 million) to assist 14,000 families for six months.

- A Revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 17 July 2007, for CHF 21.34 million (USD 17.3 million or EUR 12.9 million) to assist 51,500 families for six months.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated CHF 250,000 on 2 July 2007.

Operational Summary:

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), in partnership with the Federation and partner national societies (PNSs), is continuing to assist the most vulnerable flood-affected people in the southern provinces of Baluchistan and Sindh.

The PRCS, with the support of Federation staff, are working in Baluchistan, based largely in Jhal Magsi and Turbat. The Sindh operation is focusing on affected areas in Kambar-Shahdad Kot/Larkana(1) and Dadu. In Sindh, the PRCS is complemented by Federation staff and Emergency Response Units (ERUs) from Austria, Britain, Finland, Spain, as well as a Danish-Swiss team. The main operational hub is in Karachi while there are field offices in Turbat, Jhal Magsi and Larkana.

Work in the health, along with water and sanitation, sectors is proceeding in all field locations, while the bulk of food, non-food and shelter kit distributions are expected to begin in two weeks.

The ERU Teams - Austrian mass water, British mass sanitation, Danish-Swiss logistics, Finnish health and Spanish specialised water - are scheduled to remain operational until end-September 2007. In the meantime, as work with the PRCS continues, they are engaging and training local counterparts to support the present efforts and facilitate an eventual handover of activities. In parallel, recovery


(1) In previous reports these two districts were referred to as 'Larkana'. This district was divided into two in 2005 and is now listed as Kamber-Shahdad Kot and Larkana. A woman and child in Qubo Saeed Khan, Sindh, as thousands of people still cope with large areas of standing water, weeks after the initial floods (Federation / Stacey Winston)