Cyclone Havoc in Baluchistan

Posted on June 29, 2007
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nullBaluchistan was hit by a cyclone named ‘Yemyeni’ four days ago and it has caused widespread havoc. BBC news site is reporting that 800000 people have been affected. Today there are even reports of rioting by the hungry people waiting for aid to arrive. Worst affected area is reported to be Turbat where water over ran the embankments of Mirani dam. Government aid has started pouring in slowly but a lot needs to be done. The detailed news about the cyclone and rain havoc across Baluchistan is all over the national and international media therefore at ATP we will let following images do the talking. The title photo above is of a submerged Turbat mosque.
These photos have been linked to the news sites and clicking on them will take you to their parent websites.


road2turbat In this photo, the main road to Turbat is seen washed away in a flash flood. This photo is from thursday, June 28, 2007. Turbat city which has a population of 150000 is also without drinking water and electricity. Government of Pakistan has confirmed 14 deaths and 23 missing as of friday but this number may go higher once the water recedes.

rain-protestIn the photo to the right, angry protestors are seen walking towards the ‘nazim’ (mayor’s) office of Turbat. They are protesting slow and meager aid reaching their villages. The water from the hand-drwan wells has been rendered undrinkable due to floods and tube-wells which draw water from much deeper could not be operated because of power failure. Rauf Rind, nazim (mayor) of Kech said:
“The entire town has been inundated and people have taken refuge in tall buildings and trees”.
Chakar Baloch
who walked more than 40 km through the night to reach Turbat said:
“Every family is looking for one or two members”.
Others feared they would never see their missing family members again.

rescuePhoto shows some of the problems that this cyclone has brought to people in the affected areas.

More photos of Baluchistan rains can be seen at BBC news site here.

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    Islamabad: 8th August 2007

    PIMS Executive Director Dr Fazal-e-Hadi inaugurated

  2. Press Release.Muslim Aid Originand Vision
    Muslim Aid was founded in London by 23 leading British Muslim Organizations in response to continuing conflicts and disaster across the world. with the aim to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of poverty, wars and natural disaster for that it established the partnership and collaboration the process which is continuing It seeks to place a strong emphasis on short and long term development projects. Emergency Relief Water supply to Residents of Hyderabad (Sindh)
    Muslim Aid Pakistan has immediately response to the affectees of water disaster in Hyderabad (Sindh) who has been engulfing in contaminated rain and sewerage water since 10 days. Entire population of Latifabad No.2 has been detained to their homes due to blockage of rain water; the population is not capable even to go to the market or to do their routine work. The situation is created due to incapable administration decisions of local government. The local government is not responding in their true sense that’s why Pakistan Army has taken the charge from the local government.

    The population of the affected area is around 4 to 6 lac. The population comprises on rich and poor both but 4 to 8 ft of rain water which couldn’t be drained yet, hamper the activities of the locality. Water and ration is being supplied by Muslim Aid, gain very impressive response by the local affected people because they hadn’t seen any other non governmental organization that has response like Muslim Aid Pakistan. Different channels have broadcasted Muslim Aid emergency relief activities at the location and interviewed to the Program Manager, Mr. Rizwan Baig. When the team arrived at the site the people were thronged and were shouting for drinking water supply that was under the water till their chests. But Muslim Aid’s strategy was different. Muslim Aid’s team supplied drinking water at the doorsteps of the seized people who was successful in the sense that vast quantity of water was donated to the needy people. Every body wanted to prefer his/her first so we categorized the people in the sense that we prefer to provide water to women first who couldn’t come near boat in order to take water bottles, then older and then children and men. Our water supply operation has been very successful till starting and we gain a lot in this whole process.
    Medical Relief Camps:
    Setting up Medical Camps;
    Muslim aid setup the medical relief camp in Gadap town Karachi for rain affected people; in that medical relief camp we hired doctors and paramedical staff along with some volunteers for the medical treatment.
    Muslim aid is going to prepared massive program for the local people of Gadap. Some of programs are still continue such as micro credit program, Woman vocational center, well digging program in scattered places of Gadap Town. Muslim Aid has setting up so many medical camps since last year in different places of Gadap town.
    Themain activity for emergency relief work is to make a medical camp for emergency relief in Karachi and adjacent areas for displaced people who are affected by intermittent rain. They are now staying at makeshift camps and likely to be affected by season’s diseases. We intend to provide medical relief with medicines after treatment to them and will try to secure them from expected diseases. The main beneficiaries of our relief work are poor people especially women and children of suburb of Karachi.
    The people of Karachi are affected by intermittent rain and the local government infrastructure seems to be collapsed especially, water and sanitation situation is worse in vicinity areas so it is expected that seasonal and related diseases may cause serious casualties for the poor and low income people due to non availability of clean drinking water and other necessities most of the people are have been shifted to makeshift camps and there is no arrangement on local basis to provide shelter and cure against diseases. The rainy season seems to continue some weeks more; that’s why the immediate need for the affected people is to provide shelter and medical treatment.Conductthree medical camps in Gadap Town and Kot Ghulam Muhammad Sindh
    Supply pure drinking water to the people in Hyderabad Water Disaster.Safe Drinking Water Supply (Thatta):

    The project was approved by London office and we are waiting for the transfer of funds. The Filter Plant for purifying drinking water. We have met with them last week and waiting for their implementation procedures.
    Hand pumps Projects for interior Sindh
    With our co working organization we are installing the hand pumps for Rato Dero Larkana Sindh
    Income Generation Programme through this program we have empowered the head of family to start their own small business such as vegetable selling.
    Relief work in Gadap town:
    Muslim aid Pakistan south region has focused Gadap town as its geographical working area. we have initiated “shelter program” for rain affected people who were affected by torrential rains in last month of June 2007 .Muslim Aid Pakistan south region is working under the Program Manager Rizwan Baig, for providing huts and essential for displaced families. Initially Muslim Aid distributed one hundred huts/shelter/houses to the displaced families and we are working on permanent basis for providing shelter to all, who affected in Gadap town.
    The cost of one home is approximately 6000 rupees including all expenses.
    Emergency Operation:
    Muslim Aid is the first international organization who reached in affected areas for providing relief to the affectees of flood and thunder storm .The Country Director Muslim Aid Pakistan Mr. Khobaib Ahmed Vahidi is looking after personally to all the operational programs which are initiated and are going on in Muslim Aid Pakistan.
    Thunder storm destroyed hundreds of shanty homes in Gadap Town. Families who were hit badly by the storm, were shifted to their relatives and make shift shelters, the storm killed over 200 people, injured 100 more and caused massive damaged to public and private properties of Karachi’s 18 towns. Gadap is considered the worst hit; approximately 2150 houses were fully or partially destroyed in five union councils. .people was still waiting for the authorities to help. Muslim Aid’s volunteers are engaged to help the local affected people in installing the shelter/huts/homes.
    Muslim Aid Pakistan South Region distributed one thousand bottles per six litters in the area of Keti Bander to the affected people. One of our volunteer team is continuously engaged in collecting data of the affected people in Sindh and Balochistan. With the help of this data along with official statistic information we are engaged in providing essential goods and relief as a vane guard in international organizations to the storm & flood affected areas.
    In Balochistan we have selected Turbat as focal city for our emergency relief activities on permanent basis. We are continuously setting up Medical Camps in Turbat and adjacent affected areas such as Buleeda, Koshkalat, Tanzak, and other areas, where hundreds of patients are being treated and this practice is continuously going on during current situation.
    In the last we will appreciated all the esteemed journalists, photojournalists and related persons for their cooperation with Muslim Aid Relief activities for lessen the difficulties of affected people.

  3. Flood in Baluchistan, Pakistan

    At 23rd June 2007 The day of Saturday Pakistan was suffered in a big disaster of rainstorm. The rain was started in Karachi at 3 am in afternoon it was going on till night. In the heavy rain most of people was affected or died due to fallen bill boards and tress. In the heavy rainstorm most affected area was Karachi’s town Gadap. Almost 300 people are died, 2000 people are homeless due to government recourses confirmations the death toll are raised to 350 peoples.
    After then at 25th of June day of Monday The Baluchistan’s people came across a big disaster of flood. They were affected to flood most of peoples are missed, home less and some of them are died through flew in flood most of houses are damaged in the flood. Major affected area is Turbat. Turbat is a district of Province Balochistan. In Balochistan districts are Turbat, Pasni, and Omara and here Jhal Magsi and Bolan are too much affected due to flood. In the heavy rain storm and in the flood many of areas are highly destructed include many villages of Balochistan. The Communication contact is disconnected to affected areas. Rescue teams couldn’t reach at those areas. Many of the peoples are stuck in different places.
    Storm has affected large part of Balochistan and at least 370 people are died.
    In the area of Sol band in Balochistan many peoples are stuck in a mosque for eighteen hours and nearest to Gandhawa some victims are rescued after twenty hours.
    Turbat city and around nearest areas are sank in water of flood. The people of most of villages are stuck until there.
    In the Pasni seventy peoples are stuck in flood and the rescue team couldn’t reach there at this time. Some fisher mane was rescue to some people by the boats and saves themes lives.
    Some Villages of Pasni and Omara are completely sunk in water. In Panjgor city Most of houses are damaged through the heavy rain. Qazdar, Qalat, Zehri, Gandhawa, Jhal Magsi and Bolan are in water. Most of streets, Highways and Bridges are damaged and broken under water, for that reason rescue teams and different welfare organizations are couldn’t approach.
    At Saturday 30th June A big flash flood of two million forty thousand cubic are enter in Sindh by the way of Jhal Magsi. That’s why the flood protection dame is damaged and it has two big holes so that’s why 70 villages are sunk and due to some information’s Gul Hasan, Jhangir Khoso, Faqir Ghulam Abbas including some area’s more than 300 peoples are missed.
    The one of major problem is that in areas the people affected by the seasonal disease. Intermitted disease will be spread there through the corpses. Because the corpse witch are lying and hidden in the broken and damaged places.
    Update of Baluchistan Missed and died peoples:
    In Balochistan 33 corpse are find out and in the flood at least 250 peoples are flew.
    In district Qazdar in town Naal is completely destroyed and 150 people of town Naal are flew in flood, 5 are died and most of peoples are homeless.
    24 corpses for Dak, 5 for nearest to Java are found out.
    In area of district Jhal Magsi 10 peoples are flew in flood and 3 corpses are discovered. Seem to nearest to Jhal Magsi 60 peoples are missed.
    3 Peoples in Karkh, 4 peoples in Washik and 2 peoples in Pasni are flown. In the Turbat town Buleeda 4 children are flew in flood, 3 of them are sisters. In Qalat 1 women and 1 child are died due to sink in water.4 peoples including 1 women and 1 child are died due to fallen of wall of house.
    In tow villages of town Bhag are under in water.
    Due to other News 41 peoples are died. By the randomly news 312 and Government news is 138 peoples are died. Twenty-nine Fisher manes are missed.
    In the briefing of Farooque Ahmed Chairman of National disaster management authorities By the Baluchistan government current accountability 11 million people are affected and 2 million people need shelters. In the flood sea costal area Omara is very badly damaged most of houses are falls and 10 boats are completely sank.

    Types of programs being run
    Shelter, Drinking Water, Yet to be started Health and Hygine, Food items distribution, Hygine kits distribution
    Names of cities
    Effected areas Turbat, Tanzak, Danuk, Pathanco LogKalat Soolband, Godon, Mulkibagh, Gawader, Pasni, Panjgor, Ormara, Bolida, Norez, Shanzok Bazar, Aliabad, Gorri, Kashkornadi, Hoshkalat, in Balaochistan and Gadab Town in Sindh. All these areas are scattered but we will try to reach up to as many as we can.
    Regi, Charsadda, Shahibala in NWFP.
    Areas where you want hospitals and clinics to be run
    Turbat and Naal, it will be finalized as we start our services. We have discussed with Dr Babar that he will further manage the mobile squardren comprising (one doctor, peramedic and driver) to expand the reach of our coverage.
    Any additional information you can provide regarding your response.
    Gadap Town: consists of 8 UCs (No of villages: 120)
    Total pop. 289,564 Location: North-western part of Karachi along with Hub River
    No. of casualties approx. 380



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, JULY 11, 2007

    Muslim Aid has responded to the cyclone that has killed more than 380 people and affected a further two million as rains swept through Pakistan last week.

    Latest Reports on Flood Relief Efforts by Muslim Aid

    As Muslim Aid advanced to cyclone-affected areas in Sindh and Baluchistan, the new developments are as follow.
    100 families are benefited by providing shelters in Gadap Town and Sajawal District, near Karachi. Drinking water is also distributed to residents in Gadap Town, the Thatta coastal belt and the remote Keti Bunder islands.
    Muslim Aid set up the Water Filtration plants on the Qambar Saeed Khan, border town of Baluchistan and the Shahdadkot. Before these towns the combined support teams of Muslim Aid Pakistan and health partner Global medic Canada arrived at Larkana. They stayed there and completed their assessments.
    Camp in Koshkalat started Monday 9th July 07 where till now 100 patients are treated yet, the second camp in Tanzit commenced Tuesday 10th July 07 with the treatment of 150 patients and the Nokalat camp started Wednesday 11th July 07. There are 10 doctors and paramedics with other medical professionals serving in these medical camps. Before these places were easily accessible but not it takes hours to reach one place to another

    Muslim Aid’s Country Director Khobaib Ahmed Vahedy with Global Medic Canada’s five staff members and program managers Mr.Moeez North Region, Mr.Rizwan South Region along with staff. There are seven passionate volunteers dashed towards devastated areas. After Qabbo Saeed Khan these teams will advance to
    Baluchistan. Global Medic team will depart to Canada on Thursday.

    In Turbat we have two Field Hospitals set up there and there are 20 water filtration mobile trucks distributing clean drinking water. Dr Babar with the teams of doctors and six paramedic in Qoshkalat and Tanzak, Turbat are providing cure for flood related diseases.

    These are the following contacts of Muslim Aid in those areas.

    Ghulam Azam Station Manager (Muslim Aid, Turbat) 0321 809 1190 (,
    Rizwan Baig In-charge Flood Relief Operations 0321 275 1221 (
    Hafiz Mohammad Tahir DCO, Turbat, Govt. of Baluchistan 0852 413 244, 0852 413 399, 0304 255 1115; Fax: 0852 411 461
    Secretary Home Dept. Quetta, Govt. of Baluchistan 081 920 2400, 081 920 1872; Fax: 081 920 1835
    Talha Farooq South Office, Muslim Aid Karachi 0333 357 2257; Off: 021 587 8546; Fax: 021 587 7138
    Khobaib A Vahedy Country Director, Muslim Aid 0334 514 9901; 0088216 21283193 (satellite number)
    Moeezuddin Incharge, Water Filteration/Distribution 0334 514 9903; 0321 516 1940
    Dr. Baber Saeed In-charge Medical Services 0300 391 3925
    Riaz Ahmed Media Manager-Flood Relief 0300 219 6761
    Nasir Malik Media Officer-Muslim Aid 0334 516 6496

    For further information and photos, please contact Nasir Malik 03345166496

    1. Agency background
    Muslim Aid is an international humanitarian relief and development charity working to alleviate the suffering among the world’s poorest and most needy communities. Set up in 1985 by leading British Muslim organisations, Muslim Aid supports projects in 50 countries spanning Africa, Asia and Europe. By responding quickly to emergencies, Muslim Aid provides relief to the victims of natural disasters, war and famine. We also deploy long-term development projects on education, skills training, provision of clean water and healthcare to tackle the root causes of poverty.

    2. Muslim Aid’s Pakistan Office can be contacted:

    Media Officer – Nasir Malik
    Tel: +92 51 2102249, 2102252
    Fax: +92 51 2213542

  5. GT says:

    Instead of airing the Lal Masjid fiasco, our TV channels should give more coverage to the human tragedy in Sind and Balochistan . People are dying out there too… and not because of weapons or artillery but due to contaminated water and lack of basic facilities.

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