From August 11-13, Badin district received around 400 mm of precipitation that ultimately played havoc with daily life in the district. LBOD and other channels were over flowing. LBOD drain was breached at several locations that caused inundation of a number of villages. So far 4 deaths have been reported by the local authorities. More than 3,500 houses have been damaged and 80% of cultivated land has been wiped out resulting loss of livelihood of poor communities. Approximately, 4 hundred thousand people have been directly affected by this situation. District government initially set up 58 camps on safer places which have the capacity to accommodate 15,000 IDPs.
Immediate Response: SPO organized a rapid assessment visit from Karachi office on 13th August 2011. SPO team visited the area and with the help of partner organizations, women groups and networks completed the process of rapid assessment. On the recommendations of this assessment report, it was decided to extend some support to affected communities in UC Seerani. SPO management allocated a modest sum of Rs. 150,000 for the initial support. DAMN (a partner organization) office bearers helped in distributing the food packs at two different locations. In Biddo food packets were distributed to 21 families of two villages. The other distribution point was at Panjah Mori where food packets were distributed among 63 families of 6 villages. Moreover, water purification items (Musafa) for 100 families collected from Badin Development Organization were distributed among communities in 6 villages with complete usage instructions.