US announces $25m for flood relief

Published: August 5, 2010
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Volunteers with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society hand relief supplies to a flood victim Charsadda. PHOTO: REUTERS

Volunteers with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society hand relief supplies to a flood victim Charsadda. PHOTO: REUTERS

Volunteers with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society hand relief supplies to a flood victim Charsadda. PHOTO: REUTERS A boy sits on a bed as his family members salvage belongings from their destroyed house in Pabbi. PHOTO: REUTERS

The United States on Thursday announced a new contribution of $25 million assistance to Pakistan’s flood affected people.

This brings the United States’ total commitment to date to more than $35 million. The money will be provided by USAID to international organisations and established Pakistani NGOs to provide food, health care, shelter for those displaced by floods.

The number of people hit by floods in generations has risen to four million, according to UN estimates and UNHCR revealed that over 1400 people have died.

So far more than 75,000 stranded people have been evacuated and moved to safer places, said an ISPR release on Thursday.

Sixty additional life saving boats have been transported from Lahore to Multan and Sukkur for evacuation and rescue activities.

In Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa, 18 helicopters are busy in distributing rations and evacuating the marooned people from Kalam.

To date 3,000 tourists have been evacuated from Kalam. So far 30,000 cooked food packets have been distributed among the affectees of Charsadah, 33,601 in Nowshera and 28,920 food packets and 2000 water bottles have been distributed at Upper Swat.

Eight trucks of 25 tons of rations each have reached Tarbela Ghazi for further distribution among the affected people, while army Engineers are busy in making temporary bridges on River Swat to facilitate the transportation.

People stranded at inaccessible places are being provided food through Helicopters and even Animal transport is also being employed.

Over 2000 Pakistan Army officers and Jawans have so far shifted over 100,000 men, women and children to safer places with the help of five helicopters and 130 boats from flood-hit areas of South Punjab said another ISPR release.

Punjab floods

Thousands of people are still trapped as water level is continuously on the rise in Kot Addu. The army is engaged in relief efforts but some people are also leaving the affected places on their own.

About 160,000 wheat bags were  soaked in the deluge at Pasco Centre. This came as a breach in Muzaffargarh canal in the Mehmood Kot, Ganji Wala Bridge and Basirwala areas.

Gujrat district in Muzaffargarh will remain under threat until the breach is not repaired. Lal Pir Thermal Power Plant, Pak-Arab Refinery Corporation and Oil Depot can also be affected.

In Rajanpur, people in the area are still waiting for relief as upto 40,000 cusecs of water has affected the district.

The worst affected area of Rajanpur is Jampur tehsil where half of the city has been submerged. At least 1400 police officials are busy in helping the flood victims in the tehsil.

Meanwhile, Dajil city is under threat as holes have appeared in four areas of the lake adjoining it. Rujhan dike also collapsed on Wednesday which has posed an additional threat to the city. Kot Mithan is also being steadily inundated.

Sindh

The District administration has given last warning to the people who are are not evacuating their homes near the banks of the Indus River.

Increasing water levels are exerting pressure on dykes near Kandhkot but the Sindh government has announced that all protective embankments are safe in the province.

Water flow in Guddu barrage is more than 700,000  cusecs while in Sukkur barrage water flow is more than 300,000  cusecs. About five feet long breach has appeared in Qazi Canal near Pannu Aaqil.

Khyber-Pakhtunkwa

According to the Flood Warning Cell, there is a mid-level flood in river Kabul, with water flow at 170,000 cusecs in the areas of Nowshera and Udezai.

Relief items including clothes, edibles and drinking water worth millions of rupees have reached Peshawar.

Floods have destroyed as many as 568 villages, 200 roads, 92 bridges, 85 education institutes, 32 health centres, five grid stations and government offices.

More than 30,000 people had to be uplifted through helicopters and fourteen thousand, five hundred and fifty three families have been accommodated in camps.

Balochistan rains

Heavy rain spell continues in district Jafferabad and Naseerabad of Balochistan for the third consecutive day.

Rains have also started in district Loralai, Duki, Nana Sahab, Ziarat and Luni. About 70 feet wide breach has appeared  in the Ouch canal in Jafferabad district. Many areas have also been inundated.

Deaths are also being reported in rain related accidents. A woman and a child were killed when the roof of their house caved in due to heavy downpour in Sohbatpur .

Updated from print edition (below)

Water continues to wash away villages in its trail

An initial surge of flood water inundated Punjab on Wednesday, breaking 10 embankments and flooding hundreds of villages across the province.

More than 400,000 people were affected in Taunsa and Dera Ghazi Khan when as many as 160 villages were inundated. About 200,000 people had to seek refuge in mounds and schools and there are warnings that the DG Canal Link No 1 and RDA 138 and 139 might break. The canal has already broken from points 198 to 210.

Flood water caused an embankment of Muzzaffargarh Dam to break causing flooding in Kot Addu where people were evacuating on a self-help basis. The surge is now expected to arrive at Nishtar Ghat in Rajanpur, creating a serious threat for Mithan Koth, Rojhan, Kotla Mughlan and Umar Kot where protective dams are being strengthened.

In Rajanpur, 150 villages were submerged and hundreds of people are besieged in water as relief work is hampered by rain.

Sindh

Sukkur DCO Inamullah Dharejo said on Wednesday that Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and district government officials had set up permanent camps in Sukkur to cope with the flood situation. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) was the focal agency for coordination and they had established a 24-hour control room.

Dharejo said that they were coordinating with the armed forces and they had also prepared their own support system. The Sindh government has put 155 boats and 50 dewatering sets at the Pakistan Army’s disposal, he said.

Responding to a question, the DCO said that until Wednesday, up to 80 per cent evacuation had been carried out from the katcha areas. “Those living in areas outside protective bunds near the river belt should also be on alert,” he said.

Meanwhile, 164 medical camps have been established in districts that are under threat of flooding.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said on Wednesday that funds provided to the provincial government for reconstruction of flood-ravaged areas were insufficient.

“While allocating funds, the government should be mindful of the fact that 95 per cent of flood damage had been suffered by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and only five per cent was suffered by other provinces,” he said.

Hussain asked the people not to listen to ‘rumours’ and wait until government announcements. “The death toll registered with us is 797 while 790 are injured. More than 700,000 people have been rendered homeless, while 568 villages were washed away by raging torrents, affecting more than 500,000 families,” he said.

Speaking about damage to the province’s infrastructure, he said that 200 roads, 92 bridges, 85 educational institutions, 32 health centres, 32 irrigation schemes, 11 government buildings and five grid stations had been destroyed. Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said on Wednesday that the flow of rivers in the province was declining. (With reporting by Manzoor Ali in Peshawar)

Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • mussarat ahmedzeb swat
    Aug 5, 2010 - 9:12AM

    The whole nation is praying for you, hearing all the news about river THAMES being over flooded washing every thing on its way.Honourable President at least give us some indication about your safety.Recommend

  • Jia-Haq
    Aug 5, 2010 - 11:12AM

    Allah reham farma hum par…
    i think govt should divert its fund for constructing Dams, better arrangement to deal such situations, proper Roads, sewage system, All people should be educated to be financially secure. But our Govt using money to buy war weapons worth millions of Dollar for war against India increasing it’s nuclear weapons what they will do to protect poor pakistan where peoples are dying in floods we don’t want all this moreover ISI is spending billions of dollar to encourage terrorism in kashmir so that it can be merged into pakistan. we don’t want extra burden of taking care of those so called muhajir’s
    Let us protest to stop this. may allah bless pakistan (aameen) Recommend

  • Rukhsana Ahsan
    Aug 5, 2010 - 12:59PM

    I have been following the coverage of the floods. It is most disapponting that no maps accompany the reports. It will be most helpful for readers to know the exact geographical location of towns,dams and canals mentioned in the various reports pertaining to the floods.Recommend

  • Aahmed Aasmar
    Aug 5, 2010 - 1:42PM

    We always do all the preventive measures at the 11th hour. Still in politics even in this crucial time, pointing scores. Who will deliver??Recommend

  • shazia ahmad
    Aug 5, 2010 - 4:31PM

    it is so harsh to hear this our nation suffers and we did not part ani attention to them.governaments of the all provences of pakistan should handle the situation and federal governament should play an outstanding role for the releif.camps and medecines has to be there at all the effected areas of pakistan.we must talk about pakistan dont say kp sindh balochistan and punjab.we all fight aganist the natural disaters..
    and governament should settle them down after the floods drainage and give them comensation..
    and bring bettrement for the nation.
    we all together come to solutions..Recommend

  • Aug 5, 2010 - 5:59PM

    How does the UN come up with these numbers? Do they draw them out of a hat and try to sound really impressive talking about them? Recommend

  • MMA
    Aug 5, 2010 - 7:31PM

    Everyone please DONATE AS MUCH AS U CAN!!Recommend

  • Asif Khan
    Aug 5, 2010 - 9:52PM

    Well nice but have doubt is this for flood relief or to the government in the name of flood as token money.Recommend

  • Aug 5, 2010 - 10:25PM

    Its good news that America has donated 25 million for flood effected areas and victim of flood but quite surprising that America such big super power has donated a petty amount of 25 millions dollar only.
    America should be ashamed of this tiny help…at least 500 million dollar will be considered reasonable and little impressive. Its mean that America is not our real friend who should have helped us at this difficult time when the poor person have lost every thing and even Government’s position is very poor to handle this disaster. A friend in need is Friend indeed.
    Recommend

  • Patriot
    Aug 6, 2010 - 1:38AM

    strong textAkhtar Bhai atleast America is giving $35 million what has the Muslim ummah done? I haven’t heard of any aid from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE. Most of those countries have so much money to spend of their brand new mansions, rolls royce etc but can’t help a fellow muslim country on the brink of disaster. hamme chullu bhar paani main doobnay ki zaroorat hai.

    Oh and our best friend China who we always trumpet about gives us $1.25 million in aid… They have over $2.5 trillion in forex reserves compared to our $16.7 billion. This China will only sell us substandard military equipment but when it comes to helping our economy they don’t do anything and would rather trade with India our sworn enemy…

    Now I hope you understand, there are no friends in international politics only power and economics define how close a friend you are. strong textRecommend

  • Noor Muhammad
    Aug 6, 2010 - 2:09AM

    It is sad to see that 1100 households how were displaced by the torrential rain floods have not been discussed in this article. The indirect damage due to land loss and disruption of the Karakuram and hundreds of inter – village and inter – district roads has cut off a population of around 2 million people in GB from rest of the country but somehow their plight remains unknown. Recommend

  • Umar
    Aug 10, 2010 - 5:54PM

    I am startled with chinese attitude, at this time of dire need they could only spare 1.25 million $ .USA is in a severe economic crisis right now with unemployment rates climbing above 10% and debt also and it gives us 35 million $. 28times more than china ,along with 6 rescue helicopters .

    If china doesnt have confidence in our current leadership it could atleast have provided us with helicopters for rescue operation .Its a funny situation the country we blame for half of our problems is still helping us while our friend is calmly having his noddles .

    Its time for us to start relying on our own. and forget about the dreams that any one would come to our side like we were day dreaming in 1971 .Recommend

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