By Ashiknaz Khokhar (Human Rights Activist)
Pakistan is facing massive flood due to moonsoon catastrophe since mid of June. More than 70% areas of Pakistan is affected with flood. Approximately 40 millions population affected by this flood and according to the data of National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan more than 1500 people died due to flood disaster. Womens, Children, Senior citizens and disabled people are mostly in the list who losses their lives. Huge number of livestocks died and hundreds of bridges destroyed. 2 million houses, Hundreds of hotels and more than 12735 KM roads destroyed. Four provinces of Pakistan (Punjab, Sindh, KPK and Balochistan) are badly damaged.
Prime Minister of Pakistan declared emergency in the country and call upon the international community for help Pakistan during this hard time. General Secretary of UNO visited Pakistan and told the international community that Pakistan is facing humanitarian crises and call upon all agencies to help Pakistan. He also said that this is just a start of destruction due to climate change if world is not taking proper measures this will expand on bigger level.
Pope Francis also appeal in His sermon that Pakistan is in need so we all should come forward to help brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Many NGOs and organizations are helping the flood victims to rescue them from the water and giving them safe place to stay. Unfortunately this destruction is on so big scale that people are not getting any shelter.
In some of the areas water going down but there are now diseases taking place like diaheria, malayeria and skin diseases. There is also shortage of medicine and medical staff. In recent weeks there are hundred of people get the snake bites and this mostly happening with kids. More than 47000 women’s are pregnant which are going to give birth in few days but there are not proper hospitals for them.
Fr. Zahid Augustine, parish priest of sacred heart church and In charge of Active Youth Group said that He never saw this kind of natural disaster before and he call upon pariahners to help the flood affectees. Ashiknaz Khokhar, executive Secretary of Active Youth Group holds fund raising camp in several areas and reaching to affectees areas with cook food, medicines and ration bags.*