Emergency Response Project
HDF has been at the forefront through a sustainable humanitarian response with a proven track record of extraordinary contributions in alleviating human suffering in emergencies, be it the drought in 2000, earthquake in 2005, IDP crisis in 2009 and flash floods of 2010-11.
HDF swiftly initiated emergency response by implementing a flood relief program in Balochistan, Sindh, and South Punjab. To address the immediate needs of the affected communities, HDF provided food packs and water bottles to reduce food insecurity, mosquito nets to fight malaria & dengue, tarpaulin for shelter, hygiene kits for sanitation, and medical aid to treat waterborne diseases. Furthermore, HDF launched $0.5 million worth of ‘Integrated Emergency Assistance to Flood Affected Population in South Punjab & Sindh’.
Pakistan Floods 2022
Pakistan declared national climate emergency, amidst torrential monsoon rains wreaking havoc across the country, particularly in Balochistan, Sindh, and South Punjab province. With over a third of the country under water, the climate change induced sea level rise and heavy downpour has caused deadly flash floods. This unprecedented calamity has reportedly claimed the lives of 1,731 people, including 645 children, and left at least 33 million in need of emergency shelter, with no respite from nature on the horizon. The country’s agricultural heartland has also been devastated, with rice, corn and wheat crops destroyed by floods, causing huge economic losses. Humanitarian organizations are struggling to cope with the scope of the widespread scale of the disaster, as flood waters are still on the rise further ravaging the country that is alarming. This is by far the country’s worst floods since 1929, according to officials.
Feedback From The Floods Affected Communities
As the winters are fast approaching, most flood-hit families are still sleeping under the open sky, in tents or makeshift shelters, often no more than flimsy plastic sheets. South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SACOF) has indicated that the coming winters in Pakistan will be unusually cold owing to torrential rains and floods this year. Therefore, HDF calls out its supporters and donors for help to provide immediate relief in form of blankets, warm clothing, energy foods, and heaters, especially to the most vulnerable population including, children, women and elderly. HDF will also be distributing animal fodder to help the affected communties sustain their livelihoods, and install solar lights and heaters.
Furthermore, as part of its rehabilitation plan, HDF plans to remove standing flood water quickly and as safely as possible from flood-stricken areas before any reconstruction takes place. Dewatering is a critical factor in recovery operations following a flood. If water remains accumulated, there’s a fear of outbreak of water-borne diseases resulting in more loss of lives. Urgent dewatering is also necessary for the next wheat sowing season.
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