ACT Alliance Appeal Revision1: Assistance to the Flood-affected families in Sindh & Punjab, Pakistan

by Elisabeth Gouel | | ACT Alliance - Switzerland
Wednesday, 4 November 2015 08:58 GMT

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Assistance to the Flood-Affected Families in Sindh & Punjab - PAK151 Revision 1
Appeal Target: US$268,794    
Balance Requested: US$129,942    

Geneva, 3 November 2015

The ongoing flood emergency has further aggravated the lives and livelihoods of the affected communities in all the provinces of Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) State. The rains which started in mid-July are continuing and hampering the daily routine and livelihood of the affected communities. Until recently, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) recorded 917,791 people affected, 173 deaths and 127 injuries owing to the devastating floods. In Sindh, it has affected mostly the katcha area of the six districts, however it is anticipated that it will flow further to the low lying districts of the province.

Rapid needs assessments were conducted by teams from both Community World Service Asia and NCA and their partners in the last week of July in District Ghotki and Kashmore in Sindh. NCA went on to conduct WASH assessments in Districts Layyah, Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh (Punjab). Through interviewing the affected population and observing the damage, the assessment team found that food, water and sanitation, immediate healthcare, non-food items and emergency shelters are top priority needs at this stage.  In August there was also a joint multi-sectoral needs assessment of 12 districts, including District Sujawal, along with 19 other international and local NGOs using the UN MIRA assessment questionnaire.

Taking into consideration the information gleaned from the latest assessments, Community World Service Asia is changing its implementation area from Ghotki (Sindh) to Sujawal also in Sindh.  NCA has decided to change their location from Ghotki to Rajanpur (Punjab) and reduce the water treatment units (WTU) from 6 to 3 while increasing the number of target beneficiaries 10,000 to 17,000.  NCA is also reducing the implementation period from 6 to 5 months.

ACT Pakistan Forum members, Community World Service Asia and Norwegian Church Aid still plan to provide health and WASH to the most vulnerable communities.

For the full appeal document, please click here.