IOM Empties Aid Stockpiles, Appeals for Funds for Pakistan Flood Victims


IOM is this week distributing the last of 21,000 emergency shelter and non-food relief item kits that it pre-positioned in Pakistan’s Sindh province at the beginning of the year in anticipation of the 2011 monsoon.
Some 18,000 of the kits, each of which includes two plastic tarpaulins, two blankets, a kitchen set and a bucket – enough to meet the needs of 126,000 people – have now been distributed or handed over to local implementing partners for distribution to vulnerable families in the worst flood-affected districts of Sindh.

But according to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), over 6 million people have now been affected by the flooding in all 23 districts in Sindh. Nearly 1.39 million houses have been damaged or destroyed and over 428,000 individuals are now living in 2,737 relief camps. At least the same number of displaced people may be living in unrecorded, spontaneous settlements, according to an IOM-led rapid needs assessment.

Based on this data and the assessment of 2,547 temporary settlements completed a week ago by IOM and partner agencies in the IASC Emergency Shelter Custer, IOM is now appealing to international donors for USD 14.6 million to procure and distribute emergency shelter and non food items to another 553,000 vulnerable people over the next three months.

“The money will go towards providing shelter and non-food relief items for the most vulnerable flood victims, meeting the needs of displaced people in temporary settlements and relief camps, tracking displacement, building local capacity and coordinating the work of the Emergency Shelter Cluster,” says IOM Pakistan Chief of Mission Hassan Abdel Moneim Mostafa.

IOM is also appealing for an additional USD 2.2 million to support the NDMA and its provincial counterpart in Sindh – the PDMA; USD 589,000 for the provision of primary health care for flood victims; USD 300,000 for humanitarian mass

At NDMA’s request, IOM procured and distributed 23,000 food ration packs to flood-affected families in seven districts in Sindh. It is also helping NDMA to transport relief goods to distribution sites and camps. Since mid-August some 59 IOM trucks have transported NDMA relief supplies, including 15,000 tents, 40,050 blankets, medicines, water purification units, and search-and-rescue boats for distribution in flooded areas

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