Pakistan: Plan is assisting the families affected by the flooding

Two provinces of Pakistan - Punjab and North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) - have been severely affected by recent floods.

Due to high temperatures in recent weeks, the snow from the mountainous of Afghanistan and Pakistan has melted and flooding rivers and tributaries in NWFP, including the Kabul, Swat, Dir, Chitral and Indus rivers. This, together with huge quantities of water released in the river Chenab by India in last month and the monsoon season have contributed to exacerbate the situation.

The situation

Punjab - In Punjab, the worst affected areas are the Layya, Sialkot, Hafizabad and Rajanpur Districts with Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan Districts in danger of future flooding.

North Western Frontier Province - In the North Western Frontier Province, according to the Provincial Relief Commissioner's Office in Peshawar, more than 50 villages are inundated by floodwater in three districts: Peshawar, Charsada and Nowshera. 2,500 - 3,000 is the number of fully or partially damaged houses in the area with 12,000 people displaced by heavy flooding and extensive damage to over 14,000 ha of agricultural land.

The World Health Organisation has warned of an imminent widespread outbreak of water-borne diseases in the areas. The affected families are in desperate need of food, shelter, fodder for their livestock, drinking water, and sanitation and medical facilities.

Plan response

Plan Pakistan is a member of Pakistan Humanitarian Forum, along with other humanitarian organisations.

The Forum promptly carried out an assessment of the situation and, in collaboration with Plan, is planning to coordinate actions and joint efforts to respond to the disaster.

Activities to benefit more than 90,000 people will include:

- Distribute enough food to last 30 days to 2,500 affected families in the Layyah District and 600 families in Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP

- Distribute health and hygiene kits to 2,000 families in Nowshera and Charsada districts in NWFP and 3,500 families in Layyah, Pindi Bhattian Districts in Punjab

- 50 latrines will be constructed in the relief camps in Layyah District

- Provide livestock fodder for 8,000 animals in Nowshera and Charsada districts in NWFP and Layyah District - Punjab

- Distribute 3,600 reinforced plastic sheets to the more than 1,000 homeless families

- Shelters will accommodate 1,200 families in Layyah District in Punjab and D.I.Khan in NWFP

- Educate families living in the relief camps on hygiene an sanitation