Flood Emergency

A Father and Son Keep on Living

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  • April 4, 2012
Sitting under a shade at the distribution site in Mirpurkhas, Achar was found talking with other men from his village. The sixty-two year old immediately stood when asked if he would take some time to share his story. A short distance from the shade in a separate room of the Bachal Khas Khelli School he was interviewed. Shahid Khan, a project officer from CWS-P/A, described how Achar was interested to learn more about who was providing aid to him. “I gave a brief description of CWS-P/A’s work and about myself. Hearing that I came all the way from Karachi to his village, he recalled his young life and his work in Karachi forty years ago. Achar said how he heard from others that Karachi is changed now.”

Home without a House

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  • April 4, 2012

More than six months passed since the humanitarian community was called upon to respond to the expansive needs of communities afflicted by the 2011 monsoon season. More than 1.2 million displaced individuals have returned to the places they call home. Unfortunately, with damages to homes and agricultural lands and the remnants of standing water still present, communities are far from recovery. With thousands of families still without access to proper sanitation, food, and shelter, the living conditions across the most severely affected districts are alarming.

Video: Disaster to Recovery

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  • February 24, 2012

Pakistan's Forgotten Emergency

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  • November 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD, November 2, 2011 – Three months after widespread flooding that has affected over 5 million people in southern Pakistan, a critical shortage of funding and broad international disinterest has left millions of people at risk of illness, malnutrition and cold as the winter closes in.

Catering to Individual Needs in the Field

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  • November 4, 2011

Sixty-three year old Rowato Kolhi received more than a food package at CWS-P/A’s distribution point in Umerkot District, Sindh. He found caring people and a chance to tell his story. Rowato who was very sick with a fever was sighted sitting in a corner of the distribution center holding his token. One of the partner’s staff members noticed him and informed the CWS-P/A team. Rowato was immediately called in, provided a space, and advised to rest. It was when he felt a little better that he collected his food package.

The meteorological department has forecasted widespread rain from Tuesday to Thursday in southern Balochistan and lower Sindh. With the onset of winter adding to the challenges of affected families, shelter, particularly winterized, remains greatly needed. The plight of affected families is also being worsened by sky-rocketing food prices. Recently the country has witnessed high prices in almost all of the basic essentials. Reports have also shown medicines in Pakistan costing much more than neighboring India.

Fact Sheet 08 Floods-2011

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  • October 28, 2011

Most of the major crops like cotton, rice, and sugar cane and vegetables like onion, chilies, and others grown during the summer season in Sindh are badly affected by the recent rains and the resulting floods. For this reason, the prices of vegetables have increased to levels out of the reach of ordinary people.According to the estimates presented by the finance minister on October 14, 2011 in the National Assembly, an overall 11.3 percent loss in the production of cotton has been noticed.

So Much Loss in Such a Short Time

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  • October 27, 2011

Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan recently distributed food packages in Umerkot District, where Kareema, a food package recipient, shared her story of unfortunate losses. A thirty year old mother and widow, Kareema, with her seven children including a newborn, no longer has a home in which to live, no financial resources, and has debt. With unimaginable personal loss and the circumstances she and millions of other individuals face following the devastation across Sindh, Kareema and her children have a multitude of challenges ahead.

Without our Husbands

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  • October 26, 2011

Two women with very different circumstances face the challenges of poverty and loss of what little they had during the 2011 rains in Sindh without their husbands. Sattu, a seventy year old widow, lives with her only daughter in a village called Vehoko. Shahida, a twenty-eight year old mother of three children, resides in Sadiqa Ram Village where she struggles to cope with her husband’s unexplained disappearance six years ago. The absence of their husbands makes these two women, the elder nearly three times the age of the younger, feel the challenges of living in the poverty-stricken, rural Sindh district of Umerkot more than women who have a little security and support from having husbands to help bear the burdens. If life was not hard enough for these women, the rains and flooding that affected their villages in 2011 damaged their homes and took away their few belongings.

Nearing three months since heavy monsoon rainfalls hit Pakistan’s southern province, affected families in Sindh are still in need of immediate life-saving assistance. With global funding remaining minimal, at least three million people remain in dire need of food, clean water, medicines, and adequate shelter.

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