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Post-deluge efforts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – by Idrees Kamal

The monsoon flood has badly devastated the entire Pakistan in general and the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA in particular. These remarks were made by Arshad Haroon, regional Head of SPO and member of Network for Humanitarian Assistance NHA who was accompanied by Rukhsinda Naz (WAF), Idrees Kamal (CRSD), Zar Ali Khan (TNC), Uzma (NET), Shagufta Malik (WORD), and Samina (NET).

The recent catastrophe has taken the province about 50 years back. The infrastructure of the province has been badly damaged. The role of civil society in this time of the trouble is laudable. As for as the central government is concerned, it showed lukewarm response and it discouraged the people to the extent that now they have no trust in the central Govt.

The international community had pledged to help the Pakistan but now its practical approach showed that it is also not serious and lack resources. What ever the reason is but the ultimate victims are the innocent and poor masses.

The Children are the future of a nation and according to recent UN Report more than 3.5 million children are prone to the death. The affected people have migrated to comparatively safer places and they have taken shelter in government schools and other buildings etc. Now the summer vacations have come to an end and the children will start going to the schools. But now there is no alternative program for the accommodation of the flood affectees. The affected children whose schools are demolished will definitely feel deprived as their schools, bags, books and other school equipments have been washed away by the flood.

Now the NHA demands for providing of the books, pencils, bags and other school related things to the children and alternative schools be constructed for these children on emergency basis but these schools should be built at places in vicinity of the places where the flood affected people are residing.

Flood affected peoples should not be shifted far flung camps and they should be provided camps near their homes, that these should construct their homes too. No proper coordination on the part of Govt.  is aggravate the situation. Proper mechanism should be adopted that humanitarian assistance reached the affectees. Children and women are more vulnerable proper arrangements should be made to help these deserving communities.

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