Worldbank Assess Pakistan Flood Damage at $9.7 Billion

Brussels, Belgium (14 October 2010) – The floods that swept across Pakistan since July caused an estimated $9.7 billion in damage to infrastructure, farms, homes, as well as other direct and indirect losses, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) said today.
The estimate was presented in the Damage and Needs Assessment (DNA), a survey conducted nationwide by ADB and the World Bank to assess the extent of the flood damage. The concluded survey was earlier submitted to the Government of Pakistan and today made public at the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) meeting in Brussels, Belgium.
“$9.7 billion is almost double the amount of damage caused by the 2005 Pakistan earthquake,”said Rune Stroem, ADB Country Director for Pakistan.
Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan, said that now the DNA has been completed “Our job as friends of Pakistan is to help the country respond to this enormous reconstruction challenge.”
In carrying out the assessment, ADB and World Bank teams examined the extent of the damage in 15 key sectors across Pakistan. Included in the estimate was the direct damage, indirect losses and reconstruction costs.
The DNA found that the agriculture and livestock sectors have been the worst hit, followed by complete or partial damage to a large number of houses.
Roads have been hit hard particularly at the district and village levels, and irrigation facilities have also suffered serious damage.
One-fifth of the country was affected by the floods, with the populous southern Sindh province the worst affected.
For more information on the World Bank’s work  in Pakistan, please visit: http://www.worldbank.org/pk
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Flood survivors scramble for meals

October 2 — Food for Life Global affiliate, SKBP team visited the Hyderabad district and set up an outdoor kitchen at one of the many refugee camps. Relief Spokesperson, Vanamali das said, “We made many types of vegan meals, including basmati rice, vegetable curry and biryani, and served 500 to 600 woman and children. Our main challenge at this time is a reliable vehicle to transport the meals and supplies. We are urgently appealing to Food for Life Donors to continue supporting our efforts and specifically to help us obtain a reliable van or truck.” Please continue supporting this effort.

Photos of relief in Hyderabad

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September 26 – Food for Life affiliate SKBP sent a team to Thatta and Makli to provide meals to floodsurvivors. The team noticed that the areas around Thatta and Makli contained many Relief Camps where Flood victims were receiving food, cloths and water from numerous NGOs. After further investigation, however, the FFL teams were able to identify other areas where relief services were not be offered and so they focused their full attention to these underserved places. Hot potato biryani was served to at least 150 families, many of whom came from Sajawal.

Relief spokesperson, Vanamali das, commented: “The next morning the SKBP team went to another area of Makl. The land had dried and so the villagers immediately came to us when they saw our relief team. The FFL cooks began making food as many of the local Makli people assisted. Because gas is not available the meals had to cooked in the open air on fire wood. The meals were very well received as the villages smiled and praised the cooks and called out to their friends to join.”

After providing meals in Thatta and Makli the SKBP team returned to Karachi to make plans to visit Hyderabad where there was an overwhelming number of refugees now living in relief camps.

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Vegan meal distribution in Karachi

September 27, 2010, Karachi, Pakistan — The SKBP team continue to serve hot vegan meals to survivors of the Pakistan floods. Volunteers are also setting up relief sites in Hyderabad and Thatta. More photos and reports coming soon.

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Meals continue to go out

September 7, 2010, Karachi, Pakistan — The Food Life program in Soldier Bazar, Karachi continues. FFL affiliate, the SKBP team is working hard and the support from donors in the US has been great. Program director, Atma Ram is hoping to expand the service as more funds come in. More details of the distribution coming soon…

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Food distribution starts in Pakistan

August 31, 2010 — Hot vegan meals are now being distributed by Food for Life Global affiliates, Sri Krishna Bhakti Parivar (SKBP) and Pakistan Food for Life to the survivors of the recent flooding. “The people are swarming to get these delicious meals,” said SKBP co-coordinator, Vanamali Das.

“Our current team consists of 40 volunteers and we feel confident that with the support of donors, we can reach thousands of needy families affected by the flooding.”

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Food for Life to begin relief in Pakistan

Report by: Sandeep Kumar Maheshwary

August  27, 2010 — Food for Life Global in partnership with affiliates in Pakistan and India are mobilizing teams to provide meals to survivors of the recent floods in Pakistan.

According to FFL coordinator, Sandeep Kumar Maheshwary, most of the public have been collecting clothes, dry food, water, and medicine for the affected areas. They are then transporting the donations to local community groups or the Army who have set up relief camps.

Maheshwary suggests that the most practical type of meal should be dry, like Dhal Chawal, or spicy rice, etc, however, the kind of meals served will largely be dependent on the financial support Food for Life Global recieves. “Food for Life is famous for providing hot, tasty nutritious meals at such times, and the Pakistan food relief will be no exception, explains global director, Paul Turner.

The Food for Life Pakistan Relief Team will focus on poor, minority groups who have lost their homes.

Areas of focus include: Sindh Areas: Hyderabad, Khairpur, Sukkur, Gambt, Shikarpur, Larkana, Rato, Dero, Mirpur. Punjab Areas: Kand kut, Kambr, Karmpur, Gunspur, Gutki, Khan Garr, Khan Pur Mehr, Sultan Kut, Sehdad Kut

Food for Life Pakistan Relief Team will also try to collaborate with other NGOs, namely, the Swami Narayan Welfare Temple and Trust and the Pakistan Hindu Council.

The teams will be led by Ram Yagya who is a full time volunteer with the Food for Life project and ISKCON Karachi.

Contact Information:
Ram Yagya:   +92 301 36 88 360
Sadhu Seva:  +92 332 27 30 312

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Pakistan’s deadliest floods

Monsoon rains will continue for the next few days after ripping out bridges, roads and villages since late last week, said Nasir Khan, a Meteorological Department official in the provincial capital, Peshawar. Regions downstream in the Indus River valley, where most of Pakistan’s 162 million people live, braced for floods that may damage crops, according to the nation’s biggest agriculture body.

More than 1,600 people have died in Pakistan’s northwestern province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said Noor Muhammad, a press officer for the provincial development ministry.

Government and private relief agencies are managing to provide “only 5 percent of what’s required,” Mujahid Khan, provincial spokesman for the Edhi Foundation, which runs Pakistan’s largest ambulance and rescue services, said by phone from Peshawar.

Pakistani television channels showed flood survivors gathered at roadsides, seeking transport to nearby towns.

Crop Damage

The floods, which according to U.K. charity Oxfam may be Pakistan’s worst in 35 years, may cut the production of rice, sugarcane and corn by about 10 percent to 15 percent, said Nasir Cheema, president of Pakistan’s Chamber of Agriculture.

Pakistani television networks showed survivors clinging to trees or debris in muddy, raging mountain rivers. Armed forces chief Ashraf Pervez Kayani yesterday visited flooded areas of the Swat Valley and his helicopter evacuated 17 residents, the army said on its website.

Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, a two-time prime minister, criticized Zardari for pursuing a trip to France and the U.K. this week. His absence flies in the face of “the worst flooding in the country’s history,” Sharif said on the GEO television news channel.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who toured the stricken province by air, ordered the government to provide food to people at safe locations.

BBC Urdu will transmit six daily bulletins in Urdu and Pashto providing vital information including how to stay safe, avoid disease and access aid. Special programmes will be broadcast each day in Urdu at 12.30, 15.30 and 18.30 and in Pashto at 12.45, 15.45 and 18.45 (local times).

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“Our current team consists of 40 volunteers and we feel confident that with the support of donors, we can reach thousands of needy families affected by the flooding.”

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