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Pakistan:
NRC starts emergency distribution for flood affected
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Shahzad Ahmad (19.01.2012)
Over 30,000 people will receive urgently needed emergency supplies by NRC as temperatures fall below zero in Balochistan.

Balochistan, one of the most impoverished regions of Pakistan, was swept by heavy monsoon rains in August and September 2011. Thousands of homes were washed away by flash floods and most of the agricultural lands and crops were destroyed, leaving thousands of families homeless and without food and a source of income. 
 

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These communities were also badly affected by the 2010 floods, impacting the lives of an estimated 700,000 people, who had barely started picking up the pieces when the 2011 floods hit. Adding to the vulnerability of the province, Balochistan is host to more than 400,000 Afghan refugees.

Despite access challenges, NRC has responded to the humanitarian situation and started an emergency assistance program for the flood affected population in this province. NRC plans to distribute 600 tents, 2,700 hygiene kits and 6,140 winterized NFI kits to the flood affected population in the Kalat, Khuzdar and Nasirabad districts. NRC’s winterized kit contains 18 essential house hold items including jerry cans, buckets, kitchen items, bed sheets, sleeping mats, quilts, blankets, shawls and sweaters.


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Amanullah, from Dasht Mughal Zai village, is one of many whose home was damaged during the floods, and one of NRC’s beneficiaries, “I am grateful to NRC for its generous assistance; these winter items would help my family manage through the cold winter season”.

Whilst a local partner organization is implementing the NFI-distribution project, NRC’s monitoring and evaluation teams closely follow the project from the assessment to the distribution phase, ensuring that assistance reaches the most vulnerable.


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“Many who had lost their homes and livelihoods in the 2010 floods had just started to rebuild their lives as floods hit again in 2011, making them even more vulnerable. Reaching the displaced population with humanitarian assistance, especially before the cold weather sets in, is paramount”, says Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai, NRC’s Country Director in Pakistan.

Background
Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan (347,190 km²) with a population of around 8 million. Poverty, inadequate infrastructure and poor health and education facilities make Balochistan one of the least developed regions in Pakistan. Balochistan is known for its extreme weather as temperatures can drop to -18 °C during winter and over 40 °C in the summer.

NRC’s Non-Food Item distribution project in Balochistan is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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NRC's Country Programme in Pakistan


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» NRC increases relief efforts (13.08.2010)


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