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Flood relief expires, but Misery continues

Islamabad: The National Authority for Disaster Management, said the relief phase of the national response to floods ending 31 January, although at least 150,000 people affected by the floods are still living in makeshift camps and other facilities in Sindh , Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Flood relief expires, but Misery continuesAccording to the UN, as many 170,000. But the Red Cross says more than four million flood victims are homeless.

“Six months after devastating floods in Pakistan, more than four million people are in dire straits without adequate shelter,” said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement issued in Geneva on Friday.

The families who started to leave the camps and temporary shelters have returned to find their homes no longer habitable, it is “a wave of secondary migration,” according to a statement.

The UN says most of the flood victims in the camps – 75 percent of them – belong to Sindh.

Although these figures do not include IDPs who have returned to their places of origin, which still can not access their homes because of standing water or damage to buildings and therefore continue to rely on emergency shelter and relief, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, said in its latest update on the situation.

The report says there are about 250 camps and spontaneous settlements accommodate 170 000 people in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Just over 75 per cent of all Sindh.

As a transitional measure, an integrated package that includes a tent, NFI kits and support wintering were developed to help people.

UN report says that the planning of an exercise in profiling village in Sindh, led by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority and the UNHCR, was in an advanced stage in the training of enumerators and ongoing collection baselines in Thatta district shortly.

Geographic priorities for the village in the Punjab profiling using multi-cluster tool for rapid assessment of needs has been agreed and data collection must begin with the first week of February.

A national survey on needs at EU level is also planned for February as a way to monitor progress and inform the mid-term review of emergency in Pakistan floods, the report said.

In agriculture, the distribution of compound feed and worming will start in the last week of January in Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 18000 families have already been achieved.

A total of 297,000 families will benefit the livestock owner. The distribution started in Sindh and Punjab. More than 53,000 families have benefited so far.

Project Cash-cons work for reconstruction aid for irrigation water will begin next month. Just over 1000 systems are targeted in the Pakhtunkhwa Khyber, Punjab and Sindh.

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