75 villages inundated in Manchar lake’s embankments

Around 75 villages were inundated and thousands of people displaced due to eight breaches developed in the Manchar Lake’s embankments.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), over a million homes have now been damaged or destroyed in Sindh and almost 1.5 million people are now living in 4,200 relief camps in the province.

Shelter cluster agencies have managed to deliver emergency shelter to some 336,000 families nationwide, but relatively little of it to Sindh, where over 95 percent of emergency shelter needs have yet to be met due to lack of access and lack of supplies, said a press release issued by International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM medical staff operating clinics in Punjab’s Muzzafargarh and Rajanpur districts, who have begun to hold mobile outreach clinics for flood-affected populations, also report growing health problems among flood-affected populations, the release added.

They note increasing numbers of patients suffering from skin disorders, gastroenteritis, respiratory tract infections and malaria.

The US $ two billion Floods Emergency Response Plan (FERP) launched by the UN in New York aims to help some 14 million people with ongoing relief and early recovery projects over the next twelve months.

IOM is appealing for US $ 114 million for projects including the ongoing provision of emergency shelter and non food relief items, repair and construction of transitional shelters, debris removal, rebuilding community infrastructure including roads and bridges, giving people tools to restart their livelihoods, restoration of primary health care, mass communications for flood-affected populations, shelter cluster coordination and security awareness induction training (SAIT) for humanitarian aid workers, the news release said.