In the past month, heavy rainfall has caused wide scale destruction and displacement across Sindh. In response to the crisis, HOPE has launched an emergency relief campaign, targeting the worse affected areas like Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tando Mohammad Khan, Tando Allahyar and Umerkot.
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Badin – September 23, 2011
The campaign began with a trip to the worst affected district of Badin on Friday, 23rd September. A HOPE team, comprising of five doctors, 15 paramedics and 10 social workers travelled to a village called Piyaro Khan Khosa in the Union Council of M. Khan Bhughari. The village had not only been badly affected by the floods, but the flood affectees had received no aid so far. There was a significant amount of dirty stagnant floodwater, with a majority of crops and houses destroyed. The HOPE team;
- Treated 550 patients for illnesses like diarrhea, gastroenteritis, dehydration, skin infections, chest infections, severe malnutrition etc. 200 children, and 300 PLWs were screened for malnutrition. 27% of children were malnourished.
- Distributed shelter ration to 150 families.
- Distributed essential food ration to 100 families.
Mirpurkhas – September 30, 2011
A HOPE team comprising of doctors, paramedics and social workers travelled to a village called Mirewah Gorh Chani, located in the badly affected district of Mirpurkhas.
The road to the village was in extremely poor conditions. The destruction caused by the rains was visible. A large number of houses had been destroyed and there was still plenty of stagnant floodwater. Moreover, the team saw that there were no tent cities, and the displaced population had been forced to take shelter in makeshift tents.
The village, which the team reached after a seven-hour car ride, was in miserable condition as well. As the medical camp was set up, hundreds of patients poured in. In addition to water-borne illnesses, skin and chest infections were particularly common. From the 700 patients seen, over 400 were women, out of which 50% were pregnant. Malnutrition was very prominent, especially among the women and young children. Another major problem observed by the team was the presence of mosquitos, which carry the inevitable risk of mosquito borne illnesses like malaria and dengue fever.
To sum up, the HOPE team:
- Treated over 700 patients
- Distributed food and shelter ration to 350 families
- Distributed mosquito nets to 100 families
Sanghar – October 01, 2011
On October 1, 2011, another HOPE team travelled to the Sanghar district to carry out flood relief activities. The road to the main city was surrounded with water, making it extremely difficult and dangerous to reach the destination. The roads and infrastructure throughout the way were badly damaged. Compared to Badin and Mirpurkhas, there was far more water in Sanghar.
After a long trip, the team reached 22 Chak Tahsil Sanjoro. Similar to previous visits, the HOPE team found the flood-affected population living in tough conditions. A mobile medical camp was set up and 500 patients were treated. The majority of the patients seen were women, many of whom were suffering from pregnancy related complications. In addition, 200 families were provided food and shelter ration.
Badin – October 05, 2011
On October 5th, a HOPE team made another trip to Badin. This time the team travelled to an isolated village called Aazad Chak. There was still a significant amount of water surrounding the roads. Houses, school building and other infrastructure along the way was either submerged in rainwater or completely destroyed.
The village itself was badly affected by the rains. The villagers informed the team of how they were forced to evacuate when the rains began and had returned just a few days earlier. Most of their houses had been destroyed, along with their lands. There was a shortage of food and clean water, which was leading to waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, and skin and chest infections.
The HOPE medical staff treated around 500 patients, majority of whom were women and children . Food and shelter ration was also distributed to 250 families. In addition, 100 families were provided water-purifying sachets called PuR and were given information on the importance of clean water and how to use PuR correctly.
Umerkot – October 04, 2011
A HOPE team travelled to the district of Umerkot to hold a two-day medical relief camp. Similar to Badin, Mirpurkhas and Sanghar, there was a large quantity of rainwater accumulated, despite the region being primarily a desert. There was also visible damage of houses, schools and other infrastructure.
The first medical camp was held on October 4th in a village called Thar Nabisar, located near to the Tharparkar desert. A total of 550 patients were treated, majority being women and young children. The second camp was held the next day in the village of Chachhro Road. The medical camp treated around 350 patients.