December 14, 2012
Islamabad, 14 Dec, 2012: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today handed over the emergency supplies to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority in the districts of Jafferabad and Nasirabad in the Province of Baluchistan. A handing over ceremony to this effect was held in Islamabad.
The emergency equipment worth 35 million yen (around 437,000 US dollars) includes 3150 tents; 13000 units of blankets and tarpaulins of 3652 quantity. The equipment will help those affected by floods to coup with harsh weather conditions in affected areas till the concerned government authorities rehabilitate them.
These supplies are delivered by JICA on behalf of the Government of Japan who committed the same on November 9, 2012 upon request from National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Ever since the monsoon caused floods in the southern Punjab, the northern Sindh and the north-eastern Baluchistan, a large part of these regions still remains under water. According to the damage update issued by the National Disaster Management Authority of Pakistan on December 10, 2012, 571 deaths have been reported so far and the total number of those affected is approximately 4.85 million people, including 141,843 persons in relief camps. Those affected still require immediate food assistance as they struggle to rebuild their livelihoods. As the winter approaches and the threat of water-borne diseases continue, appropriate shelters and water and sanitation facilities are also among the priority needs of the affected population.
In light of friendly relations between Japan and Pakistan, the Government of Japan has decided to carry out emergency assistance to alleviate the sufferings of those affected in the regions. With this new emergency assistance, Japan's humanitarian cooperation in support of the victims of floods in 2010, 2011 and 2012 amounts up to approximately 584 million US dollars.