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September 18, 2011

415,195 flood victims given shelter at 2,656 relief sites


Web Desk
September 18, 2011

An estimated 415,195 people are presently living in some 2,656 makeshift relief sites, including schools and public buildings, across Sindh.
Some 5.74 million people in different districts of the province have been affected by the floods and thousands of them are camped out on higher ground or roadsides.
A senior official of the Sindh government on Saturday said that around 925,000 houses had already been damaged or destroyed along with an estimated 1.6 million acres of crops. At least 248 people had died, he added.
He said that the government was in process to provide around 150,000 tents and the international community could help at least 274,000 vulnerable families feared to be left without emergency shelter.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), following a he request forwarded by concerned authorities, has approached different donor agencies to assist it in providing “emergency shelter cluster aid” to the victims.
Brian Kelly, Emergency Adviser of the Organisation for Asia, said that these kits included thousands of plastic sheet-based shelter kits.
While tents can provide better protection in the short term, plastic sheet is cheaper, more versatile and can be more useful in the longer term when displaced families return home and use it for waterproofing new shelters and rebuilt homes.
The IOM, in collaboration with different international NGOs, has decided to provide affected people with emergency shelter and other essential non-food relief items.
This is crucial, said Brian Kelly while referring to the recent forecast about more heavy rains in the coming days.
The IOM has already released to the local partners for distribution of 18,400 shelter and non-food relief item kits comprising plastic sheeting, ropes, blankets, plastic sleeping mats and cooking utensils to Sindh.
The kits are currently being distributed to the vulnerable people, particularly targeting women and children, in some of the

worst-affected districts like Badin, Jamshoro, Mirpurkas, Thatta, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Ghotki, Naushehro Feroze, Khairpur, Dadu, Tando Muhammad Khan, Tando Allah Yar and Sanghar.

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