Over 20 million people have been affected by the floods in Pakistan, 75% of whom are in the Sindh and Punjab provinces. The floods damaged or destroyed 1.9 million houses.BRAC has a relief and rehabilitation program in place in the provinces of Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. The flood waters have started to recede and the displaced population is returning to their homes and villages.
Almost 21 million people are now reported as having been directly affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan. With 23 out of 94 BRAC Pakistan’s microfinance branches affected by the flooding, BRAC is close to the people and communities that have been suffering as the disaster began to unfold in July.
BRAC Pakistan initiated its relief effort for the flood victims in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, specifically within the communities in which it operates across Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera. As the floods moved south, BRAC has expanded its relief work into the provinces of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan.
Summary of BRAC’s relief work in Pakistan since on August 2nd: Flood relief packets distributed to78,000 individuals. 15,000 patients treated at BRAC’s medical camps. Food relief packets given to over 13,000 families. Hand tube wells installed at 57 locations, restoring clean water supply to over 14,000 people (see photo) Re-building homes, repairing homes, fixing sanitation systems, clearing roads (collectively, “Cash for Work” activities) for the benefit of over 4,700 people.
Below is a post that was made on the Kiva blog about their partner in Pakistan and asking their fans to support BRAC's work in flood relief and rehabilitation. We've already gotten support from many individuals and partner organizations, including George Soros (Open Society Institute), the Hilton Foundation, and Peter and Jennifer Buffet (NoVo Foundation). But the need is still great. Please show your support by donating n
The following pictures were taken by a BRAC Relief Coordinator traveling to flood affected communities to assess damage and further relief efforts. You can see the tremendous need, BRAC USA has raised almost $400,000 to date, but much more is required as soon as possible. Please spread the word and urge your friends and family to give generously.
We have the latest update from the flood situation: The flood situation is worsening, with Sindh and Punjab regions now severely affected due to flooding of the river Sindh. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been experiencing torrential rains for the last two days, and flood warnings are being issued again. The level of the Kabul river has risen to dangerous heights and rain has contributed to more flooding in the already affected areas. People who had been returning to their homes are experiencing difficulties as the water is coming in again.
We have the latest update from the flood situation: It has stopped raining in various parts of the province and the water level is receding. However, the Meteorological Department has issued warnings of further rains and chances for flood until 6th August, 2010. Our BRAC Health Team has reported from the field that some people are now returning to their homes, initiating cleaning and fumigation activities.Update on BRAC Response:
Disasters seem to be happening all the time now. Maybe climate change is the culprit. But when they happen to you or to people you know, it becomes very personal. I get that. And I know most Americans don’t know the people in Pakistan who have just had their homes and lives swept away in the worst flooding in 80 years, but let me share with you why you should care as if they were your own family. Our Country Manager, Farid Rahman, wrote to me this morning to thank us saying "we are very much happy that you are working heart and soul to raise funds for the flood victims in Pakistan." Actually, I think we should all be “working our heart and soul” to support and be in solidarity with these people. Here’s why: 1) there are millions of people suddenly in need. 2) we can ease their suffering and 3) this is a strategic region important for long term peace.
2 August 2010 - With the heavy rainfalls and the ensuing flood in Pakistan, BRAC temporarily halted its microfinance and health operations in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and is focusing on providing emergency relief.“Drawing upon years of experience in flood relief work in Bangladesh, a flood-prone country, BRAC Pakistan staff are rapidly and effectively assisting the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province,” said Susan Davis, President & CEO of BRAC USA.
The BRAC Health Program in Pakistan is still very new – the program in the Northwest Frontier Province began last winter, and it already covers about 3,000 households under the management of 20 female Community Health Volunteers, 4 Health Workers, and one Regional Health Coordinator. This is the second health program to be launched by BRAC in Pakistan, (the first being in Punjab in the fall of 2009).