MABAD - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has dispatched 17,000 shelter and non-food item (NFI) relief kits to help families displaced by flooding following torrential monsoon rains in Pakistans southern province of Sindh.
The aid, which includes plastic sheeting, ropes, blankets, kitchen sets and plastic sleeping mats from a multi-donor emergency stockpile, was dispatched following a request from Sindhs Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).
The kits would be distributed in the 12 worst-affected districts of Sindh including Jamshoro, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Ghotki, Naushehro Feroze, Khairpur, Dadu, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allah Yar and Sanghar.
The move follows a distribution of 3,400 tents by UNHCR, IOM and HANDS that began on Tuesday in Badin district, which, according to local officials is 90 per cent flooded, with some 100,000 displaced people. The IOM previously delivered 1,400 shelter kits to Badin, Mirpurkhas and Tando Muhammad Khan districts. Pakistans monsoon rains, which followed the worst flooding in the countrys history in 2010, began a month ago and have to date affected some 5.3 million people, according to government estimates. The Sindh PDMA estimates that more than 279,300 displaced people are now living at some relief sites, including public buildings and other temporary settlements.
Over a million homes have been destroyed or damaged, 4.2 million acres of agricultural land has been inundated and over 200 people have died, according to the NDMA.
Heavy rains resumed at the weekend and are forecast to continue through the next three days, affecting districts including Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Umar Kot, Thatta, Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu and Larkana, as well as Karachi and eastern parts of Balochistan.