August 20, 2013

CWS Situation Report: Pakistan and Afghanistan Floods

A doctor from CWS-P/A health team is examining a child
A doctor from CWS-P/A health team is examining a child in Sarobi District, Kabul. Photo: CWS-P/A Staff

Heavy rains and floods continue to affect large sections of Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing dozens.

Afghanistan

Situation: Recent flood waters and rain have devastated several parts of Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Wardak, Ghazni, Khost, Kapisa, Nooristan,Paktika, Paktya, Parwan, Ghoor, Dikundi, and Logar provinces.

Authorities say at least 109 people have died and dozens more are injured or are missing; of 577 houses which were completely destroyed, 472 were in the Sarobi District of Kabul Province. At least 389 houses were partially damaged across the affected provinces.

Livelihoods have been severely affected. Thousands of acres of agricultural land have been destroyed, thousands of livestock have died, and thousands of trees washed away.

CWS Response:  As part of initial efforts, CWS has provided two mobile health teams with 10 doctors, 2 pharmacists, medicines and two ambulances in the affected Sarobi District.

Pakistan

Situation: A similar situation has occurred in neighboring Pakistan, with numerous deaths – nearly 100 -- and approximately 145,000 acres of seasonal crop land affected. More than 1,790 houses have been partially damaged, while 2,309 houses are reported as fully damaged. As many as 84,000 people Pakistanis have been affected by the monsoon weather, and a number areas of the country remain on high alert.

Flooding in this and previous years have severely affected livelihoods and the economy at large. Farming, which remains a major source of income and livelihoods for a large part of the country’s population, continues to be badly affected.

CWS Response: CWS is distributing one-month food packages to 5,850 individuals (900 families) in Thatta, Sindh, with distribution to 395 families to be competed this week. As part of an earlier response this month, CWS distributed one-week food packages to 250 flood-affected families in Thatta, Sindh.

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