Emergency Response for Flood Affected People In Sindh
Status: Completed Start Date: Jan 2012 End Date: May 2014 Geographic Coverage: District Tando M. Khan, Sindh Focus Area: Humanitarian Assistance (Early Recovery) SDG Goal: – Implementing Partner: SPO Funding Partner: Oxfam Novib‐Pakistan
Country-wide torrential rains, which began late July 2010, had caused unprecedented flooding throughout Pakistan. More than 160,000 square meters, one fifth of the country’s surface area, had experienced the worst flooding which damaged the most fertile and crop producing lands of the country. The floods destabilized the livelihoods of small traders, subsistence farmers and herders.
The river banks have been swept away and the floods did extensive damage to agricultural equipment and infrastructure, such as generators, water mills, field retention walls and irrigation systems. As water recedes, the need for recovery measures had also emerged.
In response to these floods of 2010, and in partnership with Oxfam Novib-Pakistan, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) implemented six-‐month emergency relief project for flood affected population of District Tando M. Khan in Sindh province.
Despite the post-flood accessibility challenges, SPO bridged the gaps between community needs and supplied essentials to regenerate livelihood of the flood victims through this project titled ‘2011 Flood Response Project in Sindh’.
The six-month response ensured that 5000 Household/families benefit from this response. With an overall goal to enable the flood survivors in resettling to normal life by providing relief assistance in Sindh. SPO reached out to;
5000 flood affected families in the targeted district by providing cash for work to restore their basic need for livelihood.
5000 HH/families received Health and Hygiene Kits.
5000 HH/families received Mosquito nets to safeguard themselves from malaria.
SPO’s humanitarian team in regions conducted field visits to flood affected area for gauging the impact of the disaster and met with flood affected population for seeking relevant and firsthand information regarding the post-‐disaster situation and assessing their immediate needs.
The situation assessment was done by SPO and partner’s teams in the district and the main source of the information was flood affected families living in relief camps, affected villages and in spontaneous settlements. SPO formed village relief committees (VRC) in target villages of the project which helped project team in identification of affected and deserving families so relief assistance can be delivered effectively and efficiently.
Furthermore, VRC became a local support mechanism for identification of Cash for Work schemes and members (both male and females) of CFW groups. All activities were in light of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) guidelines for cash grant. SPO worked in close coordination with local authorities, civil society network, and partner organizations working in Sindh.