Three months after floods wrecked insurmountable devastation an estimated 10 million children still remain affected by its fury – some 2.8 million among them under age 5. Thirty percent of the areas still remain inaccessible due to flood waters. The chances of cholera and dengue breaking out in the relief camps are extremely high. 350,000 people are still on the move in Sindh, trying to flee further surge
Each family, each house and each face has a story to tell, the story of the devastation that surprisingly went unnoticed by the a majority of the world. Repeated appeals by the ‘who’s who’ of the world are not converting into the urgently needed funds for the displaced. Former President Bill Clinton called for action and commitment for Pakistan at this year’s annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie’s repeated appeals to the media for further intense coverage and more aid also did not yielded very little.
District Co-ordination Officer of Dadu, Iqbal Memon said that of Dadu and Johi, Johi was the most threatened by the advancing floods. “The floodwaters are fast heading towards Johi town after inundating most parts of Khairpur Nathan Shah and Mehar towns and several surrounding villages in Dadu district,” he told the Associated Press. Similarly, each province has a separate story, a separate set of problems that it has to deal with.
There have been allegations of corruption. The Sindh High Court has issued notices to the Sindh chief secretary, Irrigation and Power Department secretary, Thatta District Coordination Officer (DCO), National Assembly member (MNA) and three non-governmental organisations on a petition regarding indiscretions and corruption in the distribution of flood aid and Watan Cards to the flood victims of Thatta district. There have been cases of relief being denied to the survivors. On such example being the Sukkur camp in the Sindh province. Relief has been denied because they did not have their IDs with them. They had fled their homes with whatever they could carry as rising floodwater inundated their towns and villages.
Documentation of the flood affected regions by two leading social workers of Pakistan gives a very vivid picture of how severe the devastation was. Huma Beg returned to flood-stricken Swat shortly after floods hit the region. “The difference I saw was incredible. Where orchards once stood, there was nothing – a wasteland of water and stones,” says Huma. Noor Aftab a board member of the Shahina Aftab Foundation was appalled the situation in the relief camps. “I was horrified how many cases of acute diarrhea there are. People in camps we visited have been wearing the same clothes and in come cases they haven’t been able to wash their hands in ten days,” says Noor.
These are the various accounts that reinforce the fact that the wait needs to be brought to an end. The survivors need to be accessed and aid provided as soon as possible
Recomended Links :
http://tinyurl.com/26x6gg7 (The World Federation Pakistan flood relief 2010)