As World Vision continues responding to flooding in Pakistan, the organisation has expressed serious concern for the safety and wellbeing of millions of survivors as rains continue to lash the country.
“We are very concerned about the people who are depending on us to deliver food and provide medical care,” said Shaharyar Bangash, World Vision’s Programme Manager in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
“World Vision is working hard to find creative ways around the barriers created by the flooding, but we are in a very difficult situation.”
Unrelenting downpours, fresh floods and landslides are hampering efforts to provide urgently needed food to millions displaced or stranded by the floods. Heavy rain is forecast for the next 24 hours.
Although water has begun to recede in some areas, new rains have closed roads and washed out bridges, limiting mobility for aid workers. Fuel shortages are beginning to cause further concern.
Food shortages and hunger are becoming a problem. Many crops have been wiped out, so food prices are rising, putting even those who weren’t directly affected at risk.
World Vision has already delivered food and water to more than 21,000 people living in school buildings and on what’s left of the main roads in Charsadda and Nowshera.
The organisation plans to distribute water purification packets and hygiene kits to 150,000 people, tents to 22,500, cooking items to 75,000, and food to at least 37,500.
World Vision also aims to provide cash-for-work activities to 1,000 people, open seven health posts, set up 20 child-friendly spaces and 20 women-friendly spaces to provide a safe environment for children and women to interact with peers and receive support.
According to various estimates, between 13 and 15 million people have been affected by the floods. They need assistance in many areas, including food, water, shelter, basic cooking and hygiene items, health services, community rehabilitation, and psychological and social support.
World Vision continues to work closely with partners to ensure that effective, efficient, and timely assistance is given to the children, women, and men affected by the floods.
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