The catastrophe of the floods had many Ds, Death, Destruction, Diseases leading the nation to Debt trap. The story of this multi-dimensional onslaught of Nature and the ramifications thereof has already been published on this blog. There are some brave people who, in spite of their modest means, are fighting the resultant human miseries. One of these is Sehberg Trust. This week the Trust worked together with some other organizations namely Humanity First, Islamabad Jeep Club and Pakistan Fellows in various areas such as Dildar Gari, Pushtoon Garhi, Pir Sabak, Chowky Drab, Kaptan Kalay in Nowshera and Charsadda Districts and also one village in Sargodha.
A very short account of relief activities carried out in Dildar Garhi in Charsadda District are being shared for any one who might be planning relief activities.
Humanity First had identified a pocket in District Charsadda through Pakistan Fellows another NGO which also provided support in transportation of goods. The name of the area was Dildar Garhi and it was located at 200 km from Islamabad, 20 km from Charsadda and 48 kms from Nishata Interchange on Islamabad- Peshawar motorway. It was badly hit by flooding as it is situated at the bank of Swat River one end of Dildar Garhi Bridge which has succumbed to the flooding cutting off this area from Peshawar. On the way, the roads and small bridges were broken and the terrain was very difficult the last 3 kms was not accessible by trucks and jeeps and light vehicles had to be used.
250 families were provided with packets of food each containing 1 kg sugar, quarter kg black tea, 8 packs of 200 ml milk and ten roghani nans plus 20 liters cans filled with clean water and chlorine tablets to make the water safe for the next ten days. 5000 naans, 2000 milk packs, 50 kg tea and 200 kg of sugar was distributed. Humanity first had provided dates, biscuits etc and dry food rations like oil, flour and lentils were provided by Pakistan Fellows.
We all felt that at least as far as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is concerned, the emergency phase seems to be over in Nowshera, Charsadda and Swat districts and has entered the transition phase. People now have temporary shelters some in the form of tents, others in relief camps and majority with their relatives. Currently, there is acute shortage of clean drinking water and raw material for cooking. Skin and other water-borne Infections were now very obvious and it seems like soaps, combs, hand fans and clothing should also be considered.
Next week we are going to provide flour, oil and daal (lentils) to the same 250 families in the area. We have also now started collecting clothes and shoes for the week before Eid to be distributed in various relief camps that have already been established. Also, in the plan is the collection of Bangles and Mehndi for little girls and toys for little boys to be distributed in the camps.