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National Disaster Management Authority Chairman meets delegates from humanitarian organisations

Islamabad, November 02, 2012 (PPI-OT): National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) met with delegates from humanitarian organizations for the 8th Policy Coordination Meeting at Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Islamabad.

Chairman NDMA Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir presented to the house the latest figures of aftermaths of the 2012 floods in various areas of Pakistan.

The number of the affected population remains unchanged at 5 Million. The total number of deaths has increased to 473 but the death rate has slowed down in past few weeks. Total of 2,902 have been injured by the catastrophe.

The number of villages affected by the floods has lowered down to 14,159 after rain water drained out from several places. Cattle damaged are 9,651 and houses damaged, both completely and partially, are 465,526 to date.

The Chairman said that NDMA, in close collaboration with PDMAs and DDMAs, have been able to establish strong supply chain and distribution channels. However, he categorically mentioned that supply of goods to the flood-hit areas is a still a challenge, needless to mention the sustainability of the supply chain.

Col. Raza Iqbal, Director Response NDMA, presented the total number of tents and other relief goods provided to the affected population. 47,000 tents, 220,750 ration packs and 1,000 blankets have also been distributed amongst the survivors by the NDMA.

AVM (Retd.) M. Adeeb Siddique, Director Operations, PRCS mentioned the illegal sale of tents for cheaper prices in the local markets. He urged NDMA and all humanitarian organizations to come up with a plan to eradicate the wrongdoings in the affected areas. He said that people are selling their tents to secure food.

Chairman NDMA acknowledged and suggested that a sub-committee be formed to assess and ensure the availability and security of relief goods.

Ms Kathrina Lauer, FFP USAID, suggested that ration to the affected for the next one month is not sufficient. She said that these people should be provided relief goods for at least the next two months until they settle down and get back to normal life at their original residences.

Dr Zafar Iqbal and participants seconded the suggestion and ensured that it will be considered to ensure the well-being of the affected people.

Mr Qadir concluded the meeting by thanking all the participants for their time and efforts.

For more information, contact:
Ahmed Kamal
Spokesperson
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Tel: +9251 9215412
Cell: +92300 5278981 and +92331-5657779
Email: maf@ndma.gov.pk

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