Rescue teams are currently struggling to reach an estimated 27,000 people still stranded and cut off from help in the northern parts of Pakistan.
Roads and bridges in the area have been severely damaged, hampering intense search and rescue and relief efforts. Floodwaters are receding in some areas, but more rain is now forecast.
Aid agencies have said that in the worst hit areas, such as Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa (formerly North West Frontier Province), the Swat Valley and the districts of Shangla and Tank, entire villages had been washed away by floodwaters and landslides. It is clear that there is an urgent need for temporary shelters, clean drinking water and toilets, as well as medical care and basic food items.
RedR is carefully monitoring the current situation to establish the most appropriate response to support the humanitarian community in the country and is ready to issue an alert to its register of experienced humanitarian professionals, should agencies on the ground require additional expertise.
This latest emergency comes on the back of a series of disasters that have plagued the country since the 2005 earthquake when RedR delivered its first programme in Pakistan. In recognition of the ongoing and escalating humanitarian situation, RedR established a country programme in Pakistan in March this year.
Commenting on the floods, RedR’s country director for programme in Pakistan Imam Baig said: “Lack of knowledge and appropriate skills, and non-adherence to basic preventive measures are the common causes of lives lost during the floods in Khyber Pukhtunkhaw, Pakistan.”
“People, including government officials, are typically unaware of how to prepare for disasters such as this and the devastating impact in terms of lives and resources lost. These losses can be greatly reduced by improving the knowledge, skills and timely actions to deal with such disasters.”