Oxfam UK

Aid agencies forced to close programs if funds don't urgently arrive for Pakistan floods

Press Release   •   Nov 09, 2011 09:37 GMT

Over nine million people who have been affected by severe flooding in Sindh province are at risk of disease and widespread malnutrition, while relief efforts reaching over five million people are under threat due to lack of funds.

Risk of public health crisis and malnutrition rises for over nine million people

Over nine million people who have been affected by severe flooding in Sindh province are at risk o

20111109-pakistan-floods-460.jpg If relief operations stop, it could lead to an unimaginable catastrophe. Neva KhanOxfam’s Country Director in Pakistan

Notes to Editors

  • Oxfam aims to reach more than 3.9 million people over the duration of its response and is working in the eight worst affected districts of Sindh. Working with local partners Oxfam has already reached 1,360,747 people. It has provided 675,509 people with clean water supplies, sanitation facilities to 42,200 people, conducted hygiene promotion sessions with 66,682 people, provided 172,919 people with hygiene kits, distributed kitchen kits among 282,000 people, provided animal fodder to 26,000 people and tool kits to 28,390. Also assisted in the search and rescue of 58,208 people.
  • Care International through its local partner is providing emergency health care to approximately 150,000 individuals. Care also has plans to start an emergency food security programme but is unable to do so because of lack of funds.
  • Save the Children targets to reach 1 million people through a multi-sectoral response. To date, it has reached 500,000 people through food only and 100,000 people with other interventions. Lack of funds is not allowing the agency to provide individuals with everything it had planned to. Save the Children’s flood response includes emergency food distribution, provision of primary health care, emergency shelter, water, health and sanitation, protection programme for children and establishment of temporary learning centres.
  • ACTED has launched a response which aims to cover the emergency relief and early recovery needs of 1 million flood affected and displaced beneficiaries in Sanghar, Umerkot and Mirpur Khas districts over the next 12 months. The focus of its activities will be on provision of water, sanitation, shelter and food security assistance, as well as on supporting the livelihood restoration and mid-term food security of affected populations in rural areas. Through an integrated, multi-sectoral response, ACTED plans not only to meet the needs of flood affected communities in southern Sindh, but also to increase their resilience to possible future disasters.

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