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Situation Update - Pakistan: Rains and Flood-affected Population Crosses 1.5 Million

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • August 26, 2013

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“At least 178 people have died and 1,503,492 others affected by recent monsoon rains and floods across Pakistan,” a senior National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) official shared.

Central and southern Punjab continue to face the brunt of the monsoon spells. In Okara, 60 villages were submerged while 75 villages were inundated in Vehari due to a flood in Sutlej River. The Punjab Disaster Management Authority provided rations and tents to the flood-hit areas. The flood-affected people are being shifted to safer places in the suburbs of Burewala tehsil and Vehari. In Uch Sharif, Bakhtiari embankment breached due to a flood in Chenab River.

Sindh was also badly affected during the past few days of rains and heavy river flow. At least 300 villages were submerged due to a flood in Khairpur district, and standing crop on thousands of acres was destroyed. The Khairpur deputy commissioner said that thousands of flood-affected people were evacuated to safer places. At least 25 villages in Dadu were also flooded.

Photo Gallery: Food Distribution for Floods 2013 Affected Families in Thatta District

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • August 26, 2013

Pakistan Humanitarian Forum 2013 Report: Joint Action for Relief and Development

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • August 22, 2013

On August 19, 2013 in recognition of World Humanitarian Day, the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) launched the report, Joint Action for Relief and Development. CWS-P/A is one of the 53 member organizations of the PHF, a contributor to the report and event, and has an elected representative on the PHF Executive Committee.

Representatives from international and national NGOs, government agencies including National Disaster Management Authority, UN agencies, embassies, donor agencies, and the media attended the occasion. A panel of guest speakers included Pierre Mayaudon, Deputy Head EU Delegation, Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women, and Talat Hussain, Journalist and TV Presenter. Respectively they talked about the following diverse topics: the EU in Pakistan, the world needs more humanity, and media matters, journalists as change makers. During the question and answer session, the panelists were able to address questions and clarify the role INGOs play in relief and development in the country.

Security Risk Management: Common Ground for Humanitarians in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • August 22, 2013

Security Risk Management is an ever-increasing issue for humanitarian organizations. In Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, the contexts are vast; however, a connection between humanitarian action and security is universal.

Church World Service Asia-Pacific (CWS-A/P) in partnership with DanChurchAid (DCA) is implementing a capacity building initiative that increases awareness and access to the knowledge and tools necessary for organizations to develop a culture of security. More than 150 individuals representing organizations from 33 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East engaged in training activities, exercises, and information and experience sharing. One of the technical aspects of the learning focused on the development of organizational short-term and long-term security plans.  Another concept shared through training, technical support, and regular e-updates and e-newsletters was the importance of recognizing that security is everyone’s responsibility. Security risk management is not an isolated aspect of an organization; to be effective, it must be integrated with organizational development—another key message shared through the capacity building initiative.

Developing Capacity on Basics of Proposal Writing

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  • August 22, 2013

A two-day workshop on the basics of proposal writing was organized by CWS-P/A in Hyderabad.  Twenty-two participants from diverse professional backgrounds attended the workshop, which was a good refresher for those who are currently engaged in proposal writing and a kick start for new entrants who are interested in starting writing proposals for their organizations.

The workshop facilitator, Javeria Hashmi, a development professional with twelve years of experience, gave a step by step review of all the components of writing a proposal starting from writing a concept note to special focus on the development of the logical framework analysis (LFA). Participants learned through an interactive approach how to hit upon the needed resources and explored factors catering to a winning proposal by learning effective proposal writing techniques. The training gave an in-depth study of the analysis stage, including the stakeholder, problem, objective, and alternative analysis and helped participants identify and construct objective verifiable indicators (OVIs) through a number of group and individual activities. The training also included alternative models such as result based management (RBM) for developing the proposal.

Food and Health in Jacobabad District

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  • August 22, 2013

CWS-P/A’s work in Jacobabad District, Sindh Province continues to help families with food and livelihoods restoration and the provision of quality health care as they recover from the 2012 floods. Currently facing the impact from the 2013 monsoon rains, the families have added security that the health services and food supplies are accessible. A media source reported that Jacobabad District experienced the maximum amount of 153 millimeters of rainfall on Sunday, August 4. The same source reported that some stranded community members arrived at safer places using boats.

Since the health activities began in April 2013, more than 27,000 health consultations were provided in the district. Nearly 1,200 antenatal and postnatal care services benefited pregnant women, and a total of 6,972 community members received essential live-saving information through 272 health awareness sessions.

Situation Update: Punjab Assesses Damages as Sindh Braces for More Floods

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • August 21, 2013

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The heavy rains and flooding which overwhelmed villages in Punjab and Sindh since last weekend left a trail of destroyed houses, agricultural land, and other infrastructure. Deaths from this monsoon season reached 118, according to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The total affected population increased five times compared to figures reported on Friday, August 16 and is now 544,439.

Abdul Wali’s Story: A Lone Tree Left Standing

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  • Written by Hazarat Ali Hamid & Kelli Siddiqui
  • August 20, 2013

KABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN: Sitting amidst the rubble left by a flash flood on August 3, 2013, Abdul Wali, 30, recounts how he lost everything except a lone tree in the middle of his land. At 7:30 am, he awoke to a loud noise which was caused as a gush of water broke his front gate, entered his yard, and surrounded his house. “I shouted to all my family members to get out of the house. I reached dry land and was soon followed by my brother Nawab Khan.”

Situation Update: River Flooding and Rains Inundated Hundreds of Villages in Punjab and Sindh

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  • August 18, 2013

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Hundreds of villages in Punjab and Sindh were inundated by floodwater in the past few days, leaving thousands of families homeless. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) as of Friday, August 16, the death toll from floods reached 98 and more than 100,000 people are affected. Approximately 370,000 acres of land is affected, with 150,000 acres of cropland damaged. These figures continue to rise as reports come in from provincial disaster management authorities and as more villages are affected by the increasing flood level as water travels downstream through Pakistan’s major rivers.

Situation Update: “Recent Floods Devastated Homes and Livelihoods in Afghanistan”

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  • August 16, 2013

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Recent heavy rain and flash floods devastated several parts of Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Wardak, Ghazni, Khost, Kapisa, Nooristan,Paktika, Paktya, Parwan, Ghoor, Dikundi, and Logar provinces in Afghanistan. According to reports from Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), 109 people died and dozens more were injured or are missing. Assessments are ongoing in most of the affected areas; however, Kabul Province is the most severely affected. Of the 577 houses which were completely destroyed, 472 were in the Sarobi District of Kabul Province. At least 389 houses were partially damaged across the affected provinces.

Situation Update: “Red Alert Issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department”

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • August 15, 2013

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Heavy monsoon rainfall continues in various parts of Pakistan. Media sources report that devastating rains in various cities of Pakistan and other parts of the country killed a number of people and caused river and urban flooding on Wednesday.

The latest figures shared by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) indicate that approximately 145,000 acres of seasonal crop land has been affected. More than 1,790 houses have been partially damaged, while 2,309 houses are reported as fully damaged. The NDMA also report that more than 84,000 people in the country have been affected by the monsoon weather in the country.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a red alert that widespread rain over the next three days is likely to affect most parts of the country. PMD also warns of high risk for flash flooding in the local streams – Barsati Nullahs of D.G.Khan in Punjab, Zhob, Sibi, Naseerabad, and Kalat divisions in Baluchistan.

Situation Update: “Heavy Rainfall with Thunderstorm Lashed Islamabad and Rawalpindi”

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  • August 13, 2013

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Heavy rainfall with thunderstorm lashed the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi Tuesday morning, Geo News reported. Rainwater filled the roads and streets of both cities and presented the view of ponds. The Army has been called for rescue and relief in the Gawalmandi area near Nalla Lai of Rawalpindi.

Many low-lying areas were emerged in the rainwater while several roads were also blocked, causing a massive traffic jam.

In the last 24 hours, 54 mm rainfall was recorded in Peshawar, 49 mm in Risalpur, 47 mm in Islamabad, and 30 mm in Sialkot. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecast widespread rain and thundershowers with scattered heavy falls in Punjab, including Islamabad, during the next two days.

Situation Update: "Heavy Rains Forecasted in Pakistan; Urban and River Flooding Likely”

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  • August 12, 2013

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The monsoon rains in Pakistan inundated low lying areas and have caused widespread damages to property, infrastructure, and loss of human lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Sindh, Punjab, and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan. On August 11, 2013, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 84 people died and 91 sustained injuries in flash floods this year across the country. According to the NDMA data, 15 people died in Punjab, 14 in KP, 22 in Sindh, 18 in Balochistan, 12 in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and three in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

Likewise, 65 people sustained injuries in Punjab, 13 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10 in Sindh, two in Balochistan, and one in AJK. A total of 84,272 people were displaced as a result of the floods with 354,982 acres of land area affected including 135,078 acres of crops.

International Youth Day – Moving Afghanistan’s Development Forward

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  • Written by Donna Fernandes
  • August 12, 2013

Statistics reveal that there are currently 1.3 billion people worldwide between the ages of 12 and 24. This figure is roughly equal to 18% of the global population and is anticipated to increase by the year 2035 to 1.5 billion.[1] Developing countries including Afghanistan continue to face a population boom.  International Youth Day presents an opportunity to mark the contributions of young individuals in Afghanistan. While Afghanistan’s population continues to climb, the rapid increase in the youth population is central to its development and stability. For this reason, the right initiatives must be taken to better serve youth and to move development forward. In 2011, UNICEF reported that only 49% of Afghan men (15 – 24 years old) were literate and for women this rate was lower at 18%. The unemployment rate also remains high.[2] Despite the challenges these statistics reveal, they indicate an opportunity for Afghanistan to move toward stability through job creation and youth empowerment.

Fareeda’s Story: Her Home and All Belongings Lost during Floods

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  • Written by Imran Bashir
  • August 11, 2013

Fareeda, 40, lives with her four children in Munghar Khan Palijo Village of Jugan Shahi Union Council, Thatta. Her elder son works for daily labor wages to support the family while Fareeda earns some money from sewing clothes.

Situation Alert: Floods Devastate Parts of Four Provinces in Afghanistan

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • August 11, 2013

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On August 10, 2013, heavy rains and flash floods devastated parts of Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, and Pakitika provinces in Afghanistan. Shaker Dara District of Kabul Province is the worst affected area. Based on the initial information received from the field and Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), at least 21 people including children and women died, 12 people were injured, 8 people are missing, and residential houses, access roads, some bridges,  agriculture land, and orchards were destroyed. ANDMA is in process of assessing the losses from the affected areas.

Background:

The sixth monsoon spell started from July 29 and remains active. Damages to property, infrastructure, and loss of human lives continue to rise as low lying areas are inundated in Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). At least 58 people have been killed and 30 injured due to flash floods in various areas of the country, said an official of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). According to NDMA, as many as 66,341 people have been affected by the floods, 1,363 houses have been damaged partially and 2,429 destroyed completely, 285 villages have been affected and 135,051 acres of crops have been affected due to flash flooding. 1,022 people are residing in 15 relief camps established in flood-hit areas.

Background:

Heavy monsoon rainfall has triggered flooding in various regions across Pakistan causing the situation to worsen. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) confirms that 333 villages are affected and approximately 135,000 acres of various seasonal crops are destroyed. Furthermore, the deadly monsoon has displaced more than 81,000 people in country. From northern Pakistan to the southern city of Karachi, 80 people have died and 36 injured. Nearly 2,483 homes have been fully damaged and 1,405 homes have been reported as partially damaged. These figures will rise as more complete information comes from the affected areas; reports of greater losses are already coming through media and local sources.

Colossal damages have also been recorded to roads and infrastructure across the country. Currently, local authorities including the army are carrying out relief work in certain parts of Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Chitral remains the worst-hit district and hundreds of people remain homeless.

Photo Gallery: Floods 2013, Pakistan

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  • Written by CWS-P/A Communications Office
  • August 6, 2013
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