Visit of the Norwegian ambassador to the flood-affected areas in Sindh

Islamabad: “I have some strong impressions from my visit to flood stricken areas in Sindh this weekend. I have seen people who have lost everything in the floods, now living in shacks at the road-side with nothing to eat and no clean water to drink.

Huge areas were flooded and roads were blocked. I saw trucks with food supplies that were stranded in the water, and people walking for several hundred yards in contaminated water to get grass for what was left of their livestock.”

The Norwegian ambassador, HE Ms. Cecilie Landsverk visited some of the most flood-affected areas in Sindh from Friday to Sunday. She visited i.e. the districts of Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Shikarpur and a small village completely cut off by the flood, called Shah bag Mari.

She spoke to representatives from the PDMA in Karachi and the District Council in Sanghar. The aim of the visit was to gain a firsthand impression of how people have been affected, what their immediate needs are, and how assistance has been provided so far.

It is a huge challenge that people in these areas do not have clean drinking water. Diarrhea is beginning to spread, and it will increase unless Pakistani authorities, civil society and the international community quickly respond to the need for water-purification. It is also a huge challenge that large parts of the crops are damaged and that it will take many months before new seeds can be planted.

The ambassador visited emergency operations set up by a Norwegian NGO named NCA, and its Pakistani counterpart; RDF (Research and Development Foundation) in the Mirpur Khas area. Its Executive Director, Mr. Masood Ahmet Mahesar, participated in the fieldtrip and explained about the challenges and the relief efforts.

The Norwegian Government has already contributed funds to this project, and it has also been decided by the Norwegian Government to contribute further 40 million Norwegian kroner (7 million USD) as a response to the UN flash appeal for emergency assistance.

After the visit to Sindh, the Ambassador recognizes the importance of immediate assistance to the flood affected Pakistani people. She will do her outmost to make sure that the Norwegian funds are made available in term of concrete relief projects in the flood affected areas as soon as possible.

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