Muslim Aid has launched an emergency appeal to help the victims of the recent flash floods in Pakistan, which is still recovering from last year's devastating deluge. After heavy monsoon rains in August which are still continuing, up to 5.2 million people have been affected by floods in 22 districts in Sindh. Flood waters over roads and bridges have cut off public transport and relief workers' access to affected villages. Flood waters have also destroyed rice, cotton, sugar cane, onion and potato crops in many districts causing a major loss in the livelihoods of hundreds and thousands of families.
Muslim Aid Pakistan has strengthened its staff presence in Sindh and is responding to the emergency. So far Muslim Aid has distributed tents, food packs and non-food items to the affected people to cover urgent emergency needs. A temporary field hospital is also being set up in Makli in Thatta district where IDPs are expected to come in large numbers. Muslim Aid is also taking steps to provide mosquito nets, clean water and emergency healthcare through coordinated intervention with other NGOs in water/sanitation and health clusters. These services will be provided by Muslim Aid Pakistan in partnership with World Vision and CARE International. Initially, Muslim Aid is focusing its efforts in Sanghar, Badin and Dadu where the impact of the flood is most severe.
A Spokesperson for Muslim Aid said, “The humanitarian crisis in Sindh caused by the flash floods may potentially lead to the catastrophic consequences witnessed in Pakistan last year. The victims of this emergency are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Immediate response to the flash floods is vital at this stage with thousands of people in need of life-saving assistance due to lack of food, basic medicines, safe drinking water and the loss of livelihoods and homes. We urge the public to contribute generously to the Pakistan Flood Emergency by supporting Muslim Aid's relief effort.”