Big swaths of land in Pakistan's Sindh province have been submerged by floods, affecting the lives of more than five million people, causing a monumental humanitarian crisis. Monsoon rains are continuing in Pakistan, in what has been described as the worst disaster to hit the southern province of Sindh. The floods have already inundated 4 million acres of land and affected 4 million people, scores of whom have fled the worst-affected areas. Thousands of livestock have already been washed away by the flooding, but people are determined to take their cattle - their only movable assets - with them, as they try to hold onto anything that can be saved.
Arguably the biggest global story that is getting the least attention here in the west are the monsoon induced floods in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Pakistan is by far the hardest hit. Some 435 people have been killed and five million people affected by the seemingly endless rains. Though not as bad as last year’s epic flooding; the humanitarian situation in flood affected areas of Pakistan is acute. It is so bad, in fact, that President Zidari called Ban Ki Moon yesterday to ask the UN to issue an emergency humanitarian appeal for the flood affected regions. - Undispatch.
The Pakistani province of Sindh has declared five flood-hit districts to be "calamity areas" - short of food, housing and medical supplies. Officials say that at least five million people have been affected by floods across the country, with thousands forced to vacate their homes. Thousands of rice, cotton and sugar cane crops have been destroyed. Heavy rainfall is continuing on Tuesday. The worst of the flooding has hit the interior of Sindh.The provincial government says that the districts of Nawabshah - the home of President Zardari - and the districts of Badin, Tandoallahyar, Sakrand and Ghotki have been especially badly hit. The BBC's Hafeez Chachar in Islamabad recently visited Sakrand and Ghotki and says that the situation in these areas is increasingly desperate, with displaced people searching for somewhere to camp on higher ground and shortages of food and medical supplies becoming ever more apparent. Our correspondent says that while the flooding so far has only seriously affected five out of 22 districts in Sindh, for those caught up in the flooding the situation is ominously comparable to the floods of 2010, which destroyed more than 1.5 million homes across Pakistan and cost an estimated $10bn in direct and indirect losses. "Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed 132 people and affected four to five million people," National Disaster Management Authority head Zafar Qadir said on Monday. He said that most of those killed died as a result of falling roofs, drowning and water-borne diseases. An unknown number of women and children are among the victims. "The magnitude of the calamity is worse than our expectations. We are facing difficulties with every passing time," Dr Qadir said. "A total of 690,000 houses were damaged, in which 250,000 were completely destroyed," Dr Qadir said that the floods had also killed an estimated 100,000 cattle. - BBC.
The United Nations on Sunday announced to launch humanitarian assistance for the millions of flood victims who have been affected by the moonsoon rains in Pakistan. According to the United Nations, many of the affected communities are still recovering from last year's devastating nationwide floods. The humanitarian crisis was "still growing" after exceptionally heavy monsoon rains, says a press release issued by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Sunday. Torrential monsoon rains have pounded southern Pakistan, triggering serious flooding affecting more than 5 million people, among them communities still recovering from last year’s extraordinary floods. The disaster has reportedly taken the lives of 199 people, and destroyed or damaged nearly one million houses, and flooded 4.2 million acres of land, prompting the Government of Pakistan to call for support from the United Nations. The situation for those impacted by recent monsoons and subsequent floods is critical, with thousands of people in need of life-saving assistance due to the lack of food and safe drinking water, and the loss of livelihoods and homes. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani have sought international help after weeks of monsoon rains, which killed hundreds of people and displaced more than 4 million in Sindh province. The flash floods have caused widespread damage in 21 districts and destroyed crops over 1.7 million acres of land in Sindh, where hundreds of thousands of people are still suffering from the last year's devastating floods... Sindh is by far the worst affected province with torrential rains in the hardest hit areas having led to rainfall exceeding, in a few days, what on average accumulates in an entire monsoon season. The government reports 22 out of 23 districts of Sindh, along with some parts of Balochistan, are covered in floodwater. The humanitarian crisis is growing by the day, with the latest reports indicating that around 4 million people are displaced and in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. To house the displaced families, the government has established 1400 camps to date across the flood-affected areas in Sindh. “Seeing first hand today the devastation and vast amount of floodwater in Sindh, now is a crucial time to stand in solidarity with the people of Pakistan, and build on the lessons learned from the recent 2010 floods response to support the government of Pakistan in their ongoing monsoon relief efforts,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan Timo Pakkala. - Pakistan Today.WATCH: Millions affected by floods in Pakistan!