The United Nations Children’s Fund. Pakistan Floods. Early Recovery Framework – OCHA Pakistan, 2012. PDF file. The United Nations Children’s Fund. Pakistan Floods. Early Recovery Framework – OCHA Pakistan, 2012. PDF file.

The United Nations Children’s Fund. Pakistan Floods. Early Recovery Framework – OCHA Pakistan, 2012. PDF file.
The United Nations Children’s Fund. Pakistan Floods. Early Recovery Framework – OCHA Pakistan, 2012. PDF file.

2.2 Response to date

2.2.1 Government of Pakistan response

The Government, under the leadership of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), and

enlisting the logistical capacity of the Armed Forces, spearheaded the initial response to the disaster

with the deployment of rescue and relief operations. District-level authorities supported by the

Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) of Sindh and Balochistan and NDMA initiated

an immediate response in the first days of the floods.

The Government initial response included search and rescue activities for people trapped by the

floods, and relocation of populations living in vulnerable areas where possible. Utilizing the

preparations made through the contingency planning process, locations for hosting people who had to

leave their homes had been identified, search and rescue capacities reinforced and humanitarian

communication systems devised. Mechanisms developed during the contingency planning process

were activated to alert the population of potential flooding and thus enable them to move to temporary

settlements in advance of the floods.

During the floods and in their immediate aftermath, the Governmentof Pakistan response, through

both the NDMA and PDMA, focused on life-saving activities, providing shelter, food and non-food

items (NFIs) and addressing hygiene and sanitation constraints for the affected communities.

As of 12 December 2011, the NDMA has provided an estimated 125,000 emergency shelters (tents

and shelter kits), over 2.42 million food rations, more than 9.5 million water purification tabs and 1

million hygiene and sanitation tablets. Other items distributed include blankets, mosquito nets, water

purification units and plastic sheets. The NDMA also established 33 health camps and 22 field mobile

health units that treated more than 1.53 million patients. Mosquito fumigation was also carried out in

affected areas.

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