This was one of the first responses when taking an informal polling of whichever BRAC staff was unlucky enough to cross my path this week. After further prompting, the response was backed up with ‘no one really knows much about the environment, or how to be environmentally friendly’.
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.
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.
BRAC's Disaster, Management and Climate Change Programme (DMCC) has been informed by Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (ADPC/AIT, Thailand) that the Ganges river flow is increasing and the Brahmaputra is at a critical stage. Jamuna crossed the danger level once on June 29th and it was the highest for the last 52 years. The model run by RIMES is consistently showing that the Brahmaputra will reach a critical stage from July 22nd onwards with more than 90% probability and cross the danger level. The danger level for Brahmaputra at Bahadurabad station is 19.50 m and currently it now flowing at 19.31 m.