While Pakistan endures one of the country’s most devastating floods—possibly its worst ever—GWP Pakistan is joining with others to help provide relief and rehabilitation to remote communities that have been particularly hard-hit. In addition, the GWP Partner Hisaar Foundation and the Karachi Water Partnership, has launched an appeal to raise Rs 10 million for immediate flood relief, largely for the provision of safe drinking water.
Recognizing the scale of this disaster, GWP has invited the Pakistan delegation to the annual GWP Consulting Partners Meeting to present information on “Integrated Flood Management: analysis of the devastating floods, early recovery and rehabilitation plans” on September 3 in Stockholm, Sweden. The special session will be presented by the chair of GWP South Asia, Sardar Muhammad Tariq, the chair of GWP Pakistan, Naseer Ahmad Gillani, and the Ambassador of Pakistan to Sweden, Nadeem Riyaz. The floods have highlighted the need to place water resources management at the forefront of national development policy.
As part of its response to the floods, GWP Pakistan in collaboration with its Area Water Partnerships will assist in rehabilitation and resettlement, restoration of jobs, and sowing of new crops. The activities planned include:
- Prepare an early recovery plan
- Provide hygiene education to the volunteers
- Identify and rescue flood affected poor people
- Provide treatment to critical cases
- Provide tents, water coolers, chlorinating tablets, sleeping rugs, etc.
- Distribute printed material for prevention of health problems
- Provide basic sanitation facilities on communal use basis
The Integrated Rural Development Organization of Islamabad, a GWP partner, will monitor and evaluate the activities.
The chair of the Hisaar Foundation, Simi Kamal (former member of the GWP Technical Committee), wrote that in addition to the Rs 10 million appeal, the Foundation is working on a concept of “total water solution” stretching from relief through rehabilitation to post-flood normalcy, and water needs in each of these phases. More information can be found at www.hisaar.org and www.karachiwaterpartnership.org.