Sindh: Floods Still Endangering Thousands
Countless people are still housed in makeshift shelters, living off emergency rations, and plagued by disease two months after Cyclone Yemyin devastated their homes.
Below are extracts from a report published by ReliefWeb:
This situation report is based on information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in
Sindh and Balochistan
1. An estimated 2.5 million people in Sindh and Balochistan provinces in southern
2. The displaced population of an estimated 250,000 people is in substantial need of safe water, sanitation and basic health facilities and, in some areas, shelter. Foul stagnant water makes the IDPs vulnerable to outbreaks of water and vector-borne
diseases and skin diseases are rife. World Health Organisation (WHO) teams report that only 20-30% of the 450,000 people affected by floods in Dadu and Kamber districts, Sindh province, have access to safe drinking water. Humanitarian assistance is needed for at least 2-3 months until the flood waters recede. Cash-for-work, livelihoods projects and return assistance will all be essential if a situation of long-term impoverishment is to be avoided.
10. On 24 August, the Camp Coordination Camp Management Cluster (CCCM) gave a detailed presentation in the Donors Briefing in
11. Some 20,000 displaced people are living in 22 formal sites (tented camps), mainly in Balochistan, and training is urgently needed for the local authorities and local NGOs on camp management and protection issues for women and young girls. In addition, an estimated 25,000 people are living in 152 collective centres (schools, hospitals, government buildings), mainly in Sindh province. This population is also unable to return home due to the stagnant water levels. As a result, the schools did not reopen on time and the provincial authorities estimate this situation will continue for another 3 months. The CCCM and Education clusters plan to construct temporary learning spaces for IDPs and village children and to support the local authorities with registration, return assistance and packages.
12. As of 23 August, NDMA reports that of the flood affected population, 242,738 patients have been treated in Balochistan, and 165, 855 patients treated in Sindh. Malaria, acute respiratory infection, diarrhoea and dehydration are the main illnesses and represent a severe disease burden on communities, especially for women and children. Skin diseases due to poor hygiene or biting insects are widespread and reported to be a major problem in Dadu district.