Karachi, January 24, 2023 (PPI-OT):The monsoon rains have caused widespread damage, leaving thousands of people homeless and in need of urgent assistance. Frequent rains have caused rivers and canals to overflow, leading to the displacement of thousands of people, damage to homes and infrastructure, and loss of crops and livelihoods.
The floods have affected various regions in Pakistan, including all the major provinces. Many communities have been cut off from basic necessities, and even though months have passed, the situation still remains dire. The government and various aid organizations are working tirelessly to provide relief and assistance to those affected. However, the scale of the disaster is overwhelming, and more support is desperately needed.
Pakistan Red Crescent Society Sindh Provincial branch with the assistance of the German Red Cross provided relief assistance with food items, Kitchen sets and Hygiene kits to 32,300 families. This assistance was provided to most flood-affected families in Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Matiari, Nowshehro Feroz, Dadu, Jamshoro, Larkana, and Khairpur Districts.
In general German Red Cross supported 46,200 families across the country. In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 10,650 families were given relief items while in Punjab we helped 3,250 households. A significant portion of relief items was given to 32,300 families in the worst-hit areas of Sindh Province.
The Food Package that was distributed by the German Red Cross consisted of wheat flour 20 kg, basmati rice 15 kg, pulses 5 kg, red beans 2 kg, ghee/ cooking oil 3 kg/ltr, sugar 3.5 kg black tea 0.5 kg and salt 1 kg. This food package was distributed along with the kitchen set with 01 Jug, 01 Ladle, 07 Spoons, 01 Kettle, 01 Cooking Pot, 01 Pacification, 07 Dishes, and 07 Glasses.
This Food package was tailored to fulfil the needs of an average 6 persons family for 15 days. Apart from the food, another concern was to help people counter the unhygienic conditions that were causing widespread diseases among the flood-affected communities.
Our team made sure to provide awareness on the use of hygiene products, for this purpose we conducted 877 Hygiene Promotion Sessions among the communities throughout the country. After the Hygiene Session, we provided hygiene kits to the families.
The Hygiene Kits were customized to support the needs of an average household, consisting of 6 towels, 3 plastic combs, 12 body soaps, 6 laundry soaps, 2 kinds of toothpaste, 6 toothbrushes, 1 scissor, 2 nail clippers, 6 underwear, Menstruation 9×3 hygiene pads, 6 hygiene razors. Even though we provided relief and assistance to the flood-ravaged communities, the scale of the disaster is overwhelming, and more support is desperately needed.
For more information, contact:
Sindh Provincial Branch,
Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS)
Hilal-e Ahmar House, G 2 Khayaban-e-Iqbal, Zone A Block 7,
Teen Talwar, Main Clifton Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35306227, 35306228, 35306229