Following a detailed need assessment of the flood-affected areas, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) is assisting 52,500 victims (7,500) families with food, non-food items, emergency health and shelters. This is in addition to setting up of six water filtration plants in the affected areas with a capacity of 1,000 litres per day.
The PRCS relief teams and emergency response teams are working in close coordination with district government authorities. PRCS chairman Major General (r) Ch. Muhammad Nawaz Khan has directed the officials to gear up the relief efforts and install water flirtation plants in the affected areas on war footing. He has also instructed for increasing number of medical teams so that the victims can get proper treatment.
In this regard, the Sindh branch of PRCS has already dispatched 1,500 tents, 1,963 hygiene kits, 2,500 tarpaulins, and 3,500 mosquito nets to the affected districts. It has also attended to 3,414 patients (mostly suffering from scabies, diarrhoea, and malaria) in the affected areas. The branch has redirected the existing two mobile health units (Shikarpur and Larkana) and three basic health units (Jacobabad, Larkana and Sukkur) to assist those affected.
Mobile health units are also conducting health and hygiene awareness sessions, including education on prevention of waterborne diseases. The Punjab branch of PRCS has undertaken an assessment and deployed disaster response teams. PRCS plans to assist in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur districts. The first 200 tents have already been dispatched from Multan warehouse to Dera Ghazi Khan district. The branch has also distributed food items among 6,500 victims donated by local donors.
The AJK state branch of PRCS has assisted 188 monsoon 2012 affected families in Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and Bagh districts with NFI and emergency shelters, whereas the affected people of Muzaffarabad have additionally been provided with food items (procured by AJK State Disaster Management Authority and distributed by PRCS).
According to the Balochistan branch of PRCS, more than 128,000 people have been affected in 7 districts. This information was shared after coordination with various stakeholders, through volunteers and local authorities. The branch has started responding to 2,500 families with relief and health care services in Qilla Saifullah, Loralai, Jacobabad and Naseerabad.
The national headquarter of PRCS is holding frequent coordination meetings for the 2012 monsoon floods operation updates, and is in regular contact with NDMA.