On 21 June, the Pakistan Meteorological Department cautioned that urban and flash flooding could occur from July to September in the north parts of the country. The same department recorded above-average rainfall in the months of July and August 2010, and monitored the flood wave progression, that change the whole socio economic scenario of Pakistan leading to worst crises and heighten gaps towards achievement of Millennium Development Goals.
Keeping in consideration the disaster?s magnitude and in-line with I-LAP?s mission the organization immediately responded to support the people in catastrophe with all possible means. As part of response phase I-LAP started with Food items, NFI distribution, shelter and WASH in three badly affected districts naming Rahim Yar Khan (Punjab), Nowshera (KPK) and Charsadda (KPK).
A Participatory Rapid Humanitarian Needs Assessment (PRHNA) was conducted in the above mentioned three districts .
This Rapid Assessment was conducted based on the international best practice, methods and tools used in Pakistan Flood 2010 by Government, UN and development partners in Pakistan. This assessment was conducted in 2 adversely flood affected provinces of Pakistan from 15th to 21st October 2010. People living in villages, as well as camps, collective centres and sites of spontaneous displacement were surveyed across a total of 3 district Punjab: R.Y. Khan and KPK: Charsadda and Nowshera. Teams of male and female researchers carried out household assessments with close to 770 households and facilitated separate male and female community focus group discussions in 96 villages and settlements.
The aim of the assessment was to provide deep insight into situation in three adversely affected districts and advice and facilitate response to these regions. The modus operandi for the research has been based on standard format and table so donor and partners can use the information and produce a detailed summary of findings in line with the information needs defined by the clusters in Pakistan under the auspices of the Inter Cluster Coordination Mechanism.