Pakistan is one of the most climate-prone countries, and the extreme weather events of the last two decades have taken a severe toll. The country has experienced an unusual amount of monsoon rainfall this year, three times higher than the last three decades, which affected more than 33 million people, killing almost 1,700 and displacing nearly 8 million from their homes. There were massive flash floods and one-third of the country was under water. There are still millions of people out there, who have no shelter. The sheer scale of this disaster is beyond comprehension.
Affected communities facing a daunting challenge such as how to survive without housing, food, clean water, and fuel sources. In the areas where floods have receded, health and hygiene concerns including cholera, dengue and malaria, pose severe threats to people’s well-being. Women and girls continue to endure the most of the impact of the floods.
To deal with such humanitarian crisis of epic proportions, Pakistan Red Crescent Society in the early phase mobilized its resources including trained teams of staff and volunteers and its relief stock to meet the urgent needs of affected families. the PRCS in collaboration with IFRC, ICRC and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners, have reached out to more than 2.7 million people in 55 districts of the country, delivering critical life-saving assistance to flood-affected families. The Red Crescent teams are working closely with government agencies to coordinate needs assessment, also providing survivors with critical relief such as food, safe drinking water, tents, blankets, cooking utensils, medical support and much needed cash assistance to reset their livelihood.
Massive needs require massive support; the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an appeal of 55 Million Swiss Franc for the humanitarian assistance of flood-affected population soon after the floods in Pakistan. PRCS has received some donations but due to extreme funding constraints, the National Society is looking for substantial funds for the recovery phase that will extend to 31st May 2023 and for its future plans on rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.
The relief phase has concluded and now PRCS requests the potential donors at national and international levels including philanthropists, industrialists, business communities, corporate sector etc. to provide concrete support for the smooth execution and implementation of recovery and rehabilitation efforts. These will include restoration of livelihood support, shelter, construction of low-cost permanent houses and latrines, Disaster Risk Reduction, public health related projects, health & hygiene, provision of medical assistance and installation of solarized water filtration plants, to ensure families meet their basic needs for well-being. safety, and their path to self-sufficiency.
Please step forward and join our hands to alleviate the sufferings of the vulnerable communities. We are hopeful to receive expected contributions and support from you. The task is huge and without your support, we cannot accomplish set targets. Be a part of this noble cause, your donations, whether huge or small can save someone’s life, can help us in providing shelter to families and will enable us to respond in more effective and efficient way to help those who need most!
INTERVENTIONS BY PRCS
Chairman PRCS Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari emphasized that the Red Crescent has consistently served flood victims and played a pivotal role in effective relief operations. He highlighted that PRCS had remained committed to its promise of aiding those impacted and stressed the organization’s responsibility to continue these efforts until all affected individuals have fully recovered
Challenges Faced by Affected Communities
The communities impacted by these devastating floods found themselves confronted with an array of formidable challenges. Their struggle to secure housing, sustenance, clean water, and fuel sources was arduous. Even as floodwaters receded in certain regions, the persistence of health and hygiene concerns, including the risk of cholera, dengue, and malaria outbreaks, further jeopardized the well-being of the populace. Among those most profoundly affected were women and girls, who bore the brunt of the disaster’s aftermath.
PRCS’s Swift and Coordinated Response
In response to this unparalleled humanitarian crisis, under the visionary guidance of PRCS Chairman Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) promptly activated its resources. Trained teams comprising dedicated staff and volunteers, along with relief supplies, were swiftly mobilized to address the immediate requirements of the affected families. Collaborating with partners such as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and other components of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, PRCS extended assistance to more than 2.7 million people residing across 55 districts. The support encompassed life-saving essentials, including food, safe drinking water, tents, blankets, cooking utensils, medical aid, and vital cash assistance to facilitate the restoration of livelihoods.
Comprehensive Relief Efforts
Since July 2022, PRCS has been diligently addressing the aftermath of the unprecedented monsoon floods. Over 2.7 million beneficiaries have received aid, including the distribution of 33,821 family tents, 11,676 Shelter Tool Kits, 170,736 packs of dry rations, cooked meals for 200,000 individuals, and a staggering 28 million liters of potable water daily, produced by 13 water treatment plants. Furthermore, 629,548 essential household items have been disbursed, and 30 Mobile Health Units (MHUs) have been established nationwide, offering medical attention to 304,501 patients until March 31st, 2023. The endeavor also entailed hygiene promotion sessions that engaged more than 200,000 participants.
Efforts during Ramadan and Beyond
During the holy month of Ramadan, PRCS extended its support by providing food ration packs to 17,000 families, along with 6,000 family tents and essential household items to flood-affected families across the nation.
PRCS’s commitment transcends the immediate relief phase; the organization has initiated a Recovery initiative. Comprehensive assessments were conducted in affected districts of Sindh, Balochistan, KP, and Punjab, leading to targeted recovery interventions in collaboration with RCRC Movement Partners. However, a significant resource gap remains, particularly concerning the provision of permanent shelters for the affected population.