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"I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this."

(U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)

The floods in Pakistan have caused horrific damage to 25% of the country (roughly equal to the size of Italy). Homes, businesses, crops, and lives have been lost.

An estimated 1,600 people are dead, 3.5 million children are at high risk from deadly water-borne diseases, and more than 20 million people have lost their homes, their food, and have no sanitation.

To put this in perspective, according to the UN, the Pakistan floods have affected more people than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined.

No Doubt it the worst floods in the history of Pakistan killed over two thousand people and displaced millions, hundreds of thousands of adults and children are steadily recovering from the disaster and rebuilding their lives with the help of better access to clean water, schools and recreational spaces provided by Plan International, an NGO.

A report issued by Plan International on Tuesday stated, “As heavy monsoon rains last year left a fifth of the country under water and displaced an eighth of its 170-million population, Plan escalated its local operations to provide emergency relief for a quarter of a million people, and will reach out to provide recovery and rehabilitation support to over 1 million people in the worst of the flood affected areas by September 2011.” Plan has been working in the worst flood affected parts in the south and east of the country. In the province of Sindh efforts have been concentrated in districts Ghotki, Khairpur, and Thatta.

Plan Pakistan’s Country Director, Haider Yaqub said “The floods hit the most vulnerable segments of the population, such as children and women, the hardest. Children are affected by natural disasters in complex and far-reaching ways, and since they are the future, their well-being is the key to the communities’ long-term recovery.”

To help children process the tragedy and recover, Plan and its local partners have set up 301 child-friendly spaces where children can play, share and talk freely. Some 20,300 children have been provided with support delivered through structured and supervised recreational and learning activities in a safe space. “Plan will continue to work with local partners to help reopen 390 schools, roll out cash-for-23 work schemes, improve rural sanitation and to undertake other long-term rehabilitation and disaster preparedness initiatives,” the report said.

In order to prevent avoid diseases and malnutrition, the provision of clean water and sanitation are crucial to the agenda of any humanitarian crisis response. Water contamination and sanitation are estimated to be responsible for 60 per cent of child mortality cases in Pakistan as 45 per cent of the rural community defecate in the open.

In order to address the sanitation problem more widely, Plan has initiated a community-led ‘total sanitation approach’ which will reach over 1 million people in rural areas across 30 flood-affected districts.

After a year wrought with conflict which led to the displacement of approximately 2.2 million People, Pakistan has now been hit with the worst floods in 50 years. The unprecedented flooding has been caused by very heavy Monsoon rains, and has affected all parts of the country. With the death toll rising everyday it has not been possible to get an accurate estimate of the individuals affected by the floods but conservative estimates put the number at 800,000 in the Sindh alone, with over1,500 deaths.The floods have destroyed homes, inundated crops, and killed livestock, washed away communication links and led to a scare of a health catastrophe. With further rains forecasted for the coming weeks, the dams full to capacity and the relief agencies stretched to their limits it is time for Pakistanis and for our friends all over the world to help these people – who have been the continuous victims of strife and hardship.

The SYOHW mobilize rural women and men on a self help basis to undertake activities in areas of relief and rehabilitation, community built infrastructure, community financing (micro credit and health insurance), building employable skills, agriculture, livestock, small enterprise and other sectors. The SYOFW work in nearly all districts of the Sindh and have
mobilized rural households.

SYOHW is accepting donations to purchase relief items for the affected families. Items are listed below but will change according to need. SYOHW is also collecting relief items for its partners who are working directly with effected families.





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