The IKF Begins Assessments in Flooded Areas
18 Sep, 2012
For the third year running, Pakistan finds itself bearing the brunt of yet another flood, one that spans all four provinces. While it does not compare in size and volume as the monsoon floods of previous years, those living in the areas surrounding Dera Ghazi Khan have not experienced anything like this in recent memory. Over 300,000 have been temporarily displaced while over 6000 homes and countless kacha houses have been destroyed. The cotton crops here and in other affected districts have been wiped out. In short, the rural areas surrounding Dera Ghazi Khan (city) from Choti Zareen in the south to Yaroo in the north have the feel of a post-apocalyptic landscape. The same is true, though to a slightly lesser extent in Rajanpur, Kashmore, Jacobabad, Tank and Dera Ismail Khan.
It was with these facts in mind, that Imran Khan authorized the IKF to begin assessing the damages in preparation for beginning relief operations in the affected districts. Teams were deployed a day after the flooding was first reported and field assessments are underway. However, it is clear at this time that relief has been prioritized for the residents of Dera Ghazi Khan, as this is clearly the most widely hit district. Distributions are scheduled to begin by Sept 16th.
Click here for photographs taken in Dera Ghazi Khan the day the IKF assessment team arrived on the ground: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.405775762815692.93833.120834037976534&type=1
Stay tuned for further updates.