Friday, 20 August 2010

Ways to help flood victims in Balochistan

Balochistan Volunteers Foundation, Quetta

Update August 18, 2010

Current Situation in Jaffarabad:

Water is returning once again to the Jaffarabad district. Conditions in the cities of Dera Allah Yaar and Usta Mohammed are especially critical. On average, water is eight to ten feet high. On August 15, 2010, 31 people died and many are in critical condition. Manjhi poor, Hair Din, Doolat Poor, Goath Saleem Khan, Khan Poor and many other villages are destroyed. Water is flowing from Usta Mohammed to Gandakha Tehsil, after which it will flow to District Jhal, Magsi side. The government has advised residents of District Jhal Magsi to evacuate as soon as possible.

According to analysts, the last flood waters will arrive in Balochistan on August 21 from Sindh and once again Jaffarabad and Naseerabad will be hit.

Thus far, 250,000 acres of rice crops have been washed out in district Jaffarabad alone. More then 40,000 families of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) from Jaffarabad are living in critical situations, resident on the main bypass of Usta Mohammed Road. 3,000 are living on the Sindh Balochistan bypass, and many are living in the flood waters of their own villages. These conditions are having a devastating affect on people's health, especially on women, children and the elderly. 4 lakhs of people have been affected by the floods and their livelihoods demolished.

Please share this information with your friends and forward this to anyone who can donate.

Jaffarabad
The Balochistan Volunteers Foundation, located in Quetta, is raising money and gathering supplies to help victims of the flood in Balochistan, especially in Jaffarabad and Naseerabad. Financial support can be sent to the foundation via Western Union and if you are in Pakistan, you can send or deliver donations to the below address. (photos)

To help flood victims:
Balochistan Volunteers Foundation

To send donations via Western Union:
A/C no: 00567900009303
Habib Bank Ltd.
N.I.C No: 42301-6372226-6

Cell No: +92 333 3505644
Ph No: 081-2472276,
Fax No: 081-2472276
Email ID's: naz.parveen@ymail.com, missjeeap@gmail.com
Office Address:
The Baloch Office Arbab Karam Khan Road, near Khilli Sheikhan with Iqra School, Quetta, Balochistan

Items needed immediately include:
1. High energy biscuits
2. Protein rich ready packed food
3. Medicines for prevention of gastro and stomach-related diseases
4. Sugar cane cakes (gurr)
5. Life jackets and vests (for rescue and transiting flooded areas)
6. Irani cakes (packed)
7. Water proof & winterized tents (cold season will follow)
8. Water purification tablets
9. Transportation to relief camps
10. Help establishing relief camps
11. Watson facilities at camps (to avoid the threat of disease)
12. Food and meals to fight hunger

Message from Balochistan Volunteers Foundation, Aug 15, 2010:
The floods started in Barkhan on the 21st of July, 2010. Barkhan district is now 100% destroyed. There is no place to shelter from the deadly floods and there is no clean drinking water or medical facilities in the flood-affected areas. People are hungry and without shelter. In Kohlu district, on July 22, 2010, a flash flood did major damage to 30 villages. 20 villages are partially damaged. Flooding rains continue and are spreadin/have spread to Sibi, Loralai, Zohb, Harnai, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, etc.

After flooding Jacobabad of Sindh, the waters are once again inundating the Jaffarabad side which is already suffering from previous flood waters. Women and children are on the roadsides with no shade, no shelter and no food.

We will be trying to help the displaced people in Balochistan's flood-affected areas, especially those from the destroyed areas of Jaffarabad and Naseerabad. For this we need your generous help. Thank you, Parveen Naz, Manager.

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