Government of Pakistan and the United Nation Launch Rapid Response Plan Pakistan Floods 2011

Islamabad: The recent floods have caused epic destruction in large parts of Sindh and Balochistan. The Government of Pakistan used all the available resources to cope with the effects of this disaster but the gargantuan scale of this disaster made it imperative to ask the international community for assistance to supplement GoP’s efforts by filling all the resource gaps. Taking the initiative, the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari requested UN Secretary General Ban Ke Moon to augment GoP’s efforts.

The UN Secretary General immediately sent a delegation to analyze the situation and based on the assessments of this delegation, GoP and the UN have prepared Rapid Response Plan-Pakistan Floods 2011, which was jointly launched by GoP and the UN.

This Rapid Response Plan seeks US$356.7 million to enable UN agencies and other humanitarian actors to provide comprehensive relief to the affectees. Dr. Firdaus Ashiq Awan, Federal Minister For Information and Broadcasting was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while Timo Pakkala, UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Himayat Ullah Khan, Acting Secretary E.A.D and Brig Sajid Naeem, NDMA’s head of Operations attended the ceremony.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Firdaus Ashiq Awan said that under the dynamic leadership of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, GoP, through National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), has so far provisioned 166,000 tents, 869,000 family ration packs, a large number of blankets, mosquito nets, water purification units/tablets and jerry canes.

Brig. Sajid Naeem gave a detailed briefing to the participants on the situation, the efforts of the federal and provincial Governments, NDMA, PDMA and way forward on the relief operation and assistance of the international humanitarian community.

Mr. Timo Pakala, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Pakistan, presenting UN’s assessment of the situation, informed that four key clusters have been rolled out which include Food Security, Health, Shelter and Water and Sanitation, while Early Recovery, Gender and protection will be dealt with as cross cutting themes.

He said that this assistance will support the Government of Pakistan in addressing the needs of flood-affected families for six months. The plan will be revised within 30 days to more accurately reflect humanitarian needs as the situation evolves and additional assessments are completed which include early recovery strategies for helping people recover and rebuild their lives.

For more information, contact:
Ahmed Kamal
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Tel: +9251 9215412
Cell: +92300 5278981 and +92331-5657779