PAKISTANCYCLONE AND FLOODSUPDATE Presentation by Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Geneva At Information Meeting Organize by OCHA on the Flood Situation in Pakistan Palais des Nations, Geneva, 10 August 2007
CYCLONES AND FLOODS HIT BALOCHISTAN AND SINDH On 23 and 24 June, coastal areas were hit by a strong tropical cyclone Yemyin. Dumped torrential rains over Balochistan and Sindh. Monsooon rains worsened the situation 2
FORECAST: SUMMER RAINFALL IN PAKISTAN JULY TO SEPTEMBER- 2007 • Strong Monsoon weather system persists although it lies mainly over Southern Rajasthan/Indian Gujarat. • Balochistan: scattered rainfall with possibility of isolated heavy fall. • Sindh: widespread rains / dust storms. Sea conditions will be rough. Fishermen advised not to venture into open sea on August 9. Normal activities may resume on August 10.
FLOOD SITUATION UPDATE Overall situation under control. Threat remains.
National Disaster Management Authority • Focal point • Established 2006 • NDMA, supported by Armed Forces, “…responded swiftly to the crisis by mobilizing logistical resources and kick starting the relief effort” - the UN • Hands on, rapid, uninterrupted response • GOP has not made an appeal for international assistance. It is welcome.
GOP RESPONSE • Relief Effort Continues • Focus on relief supplies: • Sindh: Dadu, Kamber, Shahdadkot • Balochistan: Jhal Magsi, Kharan, Turbat • Priorities in relief goods • Shelter • Food • Potable water • Medicines • Relief provided *including 8044 by RC and 6167 by the UN
POWER SUPPLY POSITION - BALOCHISTAN PUNJAB QAMAR UD DIN KAREZ Q. ABDULLAH Q.SAIF ULLAH MUSA KHAIL ZHOB PISHIN ZIARAT LORALAI RAKHNI QUETTA SIBI AFGHANISTAN KOHLU MASTUNG CHAGAI NOKUNDI BOLAN TAFTAN D- BUGTI KALAT DALBANDIN (2 MW) MASHKAIL SOHBATPUR D.M.JAMALI WASHAK KHARAN JALAQ U/MOHD KHUZDAR (2 MW) IRAN PANJGUR MASHKAY BULEDA SIND DUREJI TURBAT MAND KAPPAR AWARAN LASBELA GWADAR (35 MW) ORMARA PASNI LEGEND Fully Restored Mostly Restored Major Towns Restored Mostly w/o Supply PISHUKAN KALMAT JIWANI KESC 11 ARABIAN SEA
Distribution of Compensation • Rs.15,000 to each household • Balochistan • Households 36,819 • Amount released to districts: Rs.550.83 m • Households paid: 21,127 • Paid by districts: Rs.316.91 m • Sindh • Amount released to districts: Rs.150 m • Paid: Rs.50.86m • Compensation being expedited. • Utility Stores Corporation instructed to build up stocks in Balochistan and Sindh to meet any unforeseen situation.
United Nations • Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: • Expressed his deep sadness at the hundreds of lives lost and millions affected by recent floods in South Asia. • Concerned by the economic devastation faced by survivors • Extended condolences to families • Commended prompt and effective response by Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
United Nations • Well thought out, well constructed flash appeal launched on July 18, 2007 by Under-Secretary General Holmes • "Of the 38 million dollars, the biggest single slice is for early recovery, trying to restore people's livelihoods. Some 9 million dollars for those early recovery activities.“-USC Holmes • Active clusters: shelter, health, water and sanitation, protection, food security, nutrition, information management.
Overview • The situation has been stabilized. Threat is still there. • Situation in Jhal Magsi still cause of concern. Adequate rations available. Road links being restored. • No epidemic • Early recovery has priority • Help needed in restoring livelihoods, fixing basic infrastructure – wells, schools. • World Bank and ADB will give their damage assessment report in August. • Cooperation with UN, International Organizations and NGOs being streamlined • Unearmarked assistance in small amounts creating problems for the UN
What To Do • Go through the NDMA – the focal point. • Reduce clusters because of cash crunch. • Help us in early recovery.
THANKS • OCHA • IFRC • WFP • WHO • UNICEF • IOM • UNDP • UNHCR • NGOs