HOW TO HELP: Zainab Jabbar’s SPO Initiative – “Footloose and Concerned? Join a Relief Team and Prove Yourself”
If you’re one of those “On the Field” or “Hands On” types, then this is for you.
My friend and neighbour, Zainab Jabbar (email@example.com) has just circulated this. She is in touch with SPO’s Karachi office. Get in touch if you’re interested in hitting the road and helping out. Read on for details, and good luck.
Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO)
Daily Assessment Updates on Torrential Rain and Flood Situation in Pakistan
August 18, 2010
Over the course of July and early August 2010, Pakistan experienced the worst monsoon-related floods in living memory. Heavy rainfall, flash floods and riverine floods have devastated large parts of Pakistan since the arrival of seasonal monsoon rains on 22 July, 2010. Latest estimates indicate that around 20 million people have been affected by the floods. Assessments are ongoing to ascertain the scale of damages in the affected areas. The official death toll has risen to 1,343, with 1,588 people now reported as injured. The latest NDMA report indicates that over 722,000 houses have been either damaged or destroyed. But the figures may rise further as information from different parts is yet to come.
Details damage assessment is going on across Sindh and Southern Punjab by UN-OCHA and SPO is also part of joint assessment in Sindh. Data currently available indicates that Shikarpur, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Khairpur, Dadu and Naushahro Feroze have been the hardest hit districts in Sindh. Similarly, districts Layyah, D.G. Khan, Muzzafargarh and Rajanpur are hardest hit districts in southern Punjab.
The flood wave continues to make its way through the southern province of Sindh, where millions have been affected from the combined impact of torrential rains and unprecedented water levels in the rivers.
Through rapid assessments, humanitarian agencies are identifying desperate needs of affected communities and so far identified desperate needs include: food, clean drinking water and purification materials, emergency health services, tents and shelter kits, cooking sets, mosquito nets, and other non-food items (NFI).
In order to facilitate coordinated humanitarian response in the affected areas and enable humanitarian organizations to have substantial planning for their humanitarian activities, SPO, with the support of its partner organizations, initiated rapid assessments in the affected areas and share it with relevant stakeholders in the form of daily update. Date-wise situational update and rapid assessments of damages caused by torrential rains and floods are available on SPO website and can be accessed on URL http://www.spopk.org.
Daily update for 18th August 2010, providing details of SPO’s response to the emergency situation and relief activities being carried out for mitigation of the miseries of affected communities across the country, is provided below:
SPO intervention in Flood affected areas till August 18, 2010
Keeping in view the identified desperate needs of affected communities in Sindh, SPO teams besides coordination of humanitarian efforts at Provincial level in Sindh, have initiated various humanitarian interventions. Hitherto, following activities have been carried out and reported:
SPO Hyderabad has been coordinated relief activities in majority of flood affected areas in Sindh. Details of SPO supported relief activities throughout the affected areas is provided below:
|S#||Location of camp||District||# of individuals||Supported by|
|1||Physical Education College||Sukkar||1330||SPO, EOBI|
|2||Main Bus Stand Sukkar||Sukkar||350||SPO|
|3||Govt Primary School near railway station||Shikarpur||700||SPO|
|4||Boys Degree College Qasimabad||Hyderabad||380||SPO (3 times food and other non food items i.e. water cooler, cups, glasses and plates)|
|5||Artizon hostel rest house Bhit shah||Matiari||950 inside the camp premises and
350 outside the camp to whom only food is provided
|SPO, HANDS, AMADO, Local individuals (Collective pool)|
|6||OGDC Band||Ghotki||750||PLAN International supporting for 3 times food provision o and SPO partner Organizations are managing the camp|
|7||Jevan Chachar||Ghotki||750||PLAN International supporting for 3 times food provision o and SPO partner Organizations are managing the camp|
|8||Ismail Chachar||Ghotki||750||PLAN International supporting for 3 times food provision o and SPO partner Organizations are managing the camp|
|9||Khairi Goth||Ghotki||750||PLAN International and SPO partner Organizations|
|10||Near Khairi Goth-camp 1||Ghotki||750||-do-|
|12||Near Khairi Goth-camp 2||Ghotki||750||-do-|
|13||Medical Camp- Haji Ismail Chan||Ghotki||551||SPO|
|14||Medical camp at Sobho Chachar||Ghotki||215||SPO|
|15||Medical camp at Government Primary School Sanjar Mallah UC 4.Qasimabad||Hyderabad||90||SPO-Partner Organization-Hamdam Development Organization|
Relief Camp Assessments:
SPO Hyderabad Team as part of UN Joint Assessment has carried out assessments of existing Relief Camps in Sindh. The main objective of this assessment was to ascertain the on ground situation of these camps and share it with all humanitarian actors to facilitate them in planning relief activities. The Relief Camp Assessment report of relief camps in districts Shikarpur and Dadu are attached herewith.
Annex-A: Relief Camp Assessment Report Shikarpur
Annex-B: Relief Camp Assessment Report Dadu
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province:
D.I. Khan District:
SPO D.I. Khan has initiated comprehensive assessments in all the affected areas/villages of D.I. Khan and hither to assessments of following 6 areas have been completed:
1. Village Fazal Abad, U.C. Dhap Shumali
2. Village Jhok Kat, U.C. Mandran Kalan
3. Village Jhook Valiya, U.C. Mandran Kalan
4. Village Meekan, U.C. Mandran Kalan
5. Village Saholan Jhok , U.C. Mandran Kalan
6. Thota, U.C. Mandran Kalan
In order to facilitate humanitarian organizations in planning relief activities in these areas, we are sharing the above mentioned reports as attachments.
Keeping in view the identified health care needs in the area, SPO team organized various Mobile Medical Camps in affected areas of District Charsadda. Details these mobile camps along with number of patients treated is provided below:
|Union Council||Village||Male||Female||Children||Total patients||Diseases/comments|
|Nissata||Bhatti Korona||33||65||60||158||Skin allergy, Dirrheal, upper respiratory, eyes and urinary tract infections|
|Hisar Yasin Zai||Aba Bakri Qulfi Korona||48||76||86||210||infected skin condition, uppper respiratory tract infection, otitis externa.|
|Rajar||Ameerabad||220||103||111||434||Bacteriol Skin infection, colic pain, colic pain in children and peptic disease|
Keeping in view the vast devastation caused by floods in Muzaffargarh, SPO Multan with the support International Organizations for Migration (IOM) have initiated distribution of Shelter and NFIs in severly affected areas which include; Mehmood Kot, Kotadu, Budh, Ckowk Munda, Head Bekani, Langar Siran, Khanpur Bagha Sher, Peer Jahanian, Qasba Gormani near Sanawan and Daira Deen Pana. Hither to 2325 households have been provided shelter kits and NFIs.