IKF Flood Relief Activities in Upper Chitral
27 Aug, 2015
The region of Chitral is located in the North-west of Pakistan and is characterized by the pristine beauty of its mountains and valleys. This year due to torrential rain certain areas in the region were flooded due to flash floods. Hundreds of people have been severely affected by these floods.
The worst affected area was Upper Chitral which is also one of the more remote locations in entire of Pakistan. IKF remaining true to its longstanding commitment to serve those people who others don’t reach in times of disaster; sent its teams to carry out relief activities in the area. The intrinsic remoteness of the area coupled with the damaged roads and pathways due to floods and land sliding meant that IKF teams had to often trek their way into affected Villages to conduct damage assessments.
Once IKF members visited the areas; the diversified scale of the disaster started to become clearer. Upper Chitral villages of Garam Chashma, Brep, Rumboor, Bumburet, Mulkhow, Kaset, Ayun and Reshun had damaged (or entirely lost) homes, people short of food rations and so forth.
In wake of the damage assessment by IKF; the Board Members of the organization instructed that custom-made winterized tents, Relief packages that include food rations and blankets were to be distributed in the area on an urgent basis.
As of now, 500 affected families have been provided with food rations in the aforementioned villages. Furthermore, 270 winterized tents along with blankets have been given to those who had their homes destroyed.
After the initial relief; IKF feels that a long sustainable relationship needs to be established between the flood victims of the area so sustainable rehabilitation can take place. Institutions, civil society and other actors need to play an important role in this entire process.