Islamabad: In response to water stress and drought like situation in Tharparkar, relief activities are in full swing and NDMA is acting as a focal point for all agencies / Government departments/ civil society to mount a national response.

Initial rapid assessment is underway to target inadequacies. Four sectors of food, water, health and livestock are under focus.

Relief distribution is being done through a joint mechanism of all agencies. Composite mobile teams are reaching out to all UCs including health officials for treatment, livestock representatives for immunization and provision of fodder, and individuals undertaking assessment of ground situation to address inadequacies.

Teams of NDMA officers under Brig Mirza Kamran Zia, Member Operations NDMA, have already reached Tharparkar and are coordinating with various agencies on ground.

Collection points are being established at various locations and relief is being channelized through various quarters to the affected areas.

Relief effort is gearing up and around 1404.63 tons of wheat bags, 1277.9 tons of food packs, 1151 tons of rice, 140,000 mineral water bottles, 15000 packets of biscuits and 5000 packets of high energy biscuits have reached the affected area, while a sizable amount of miscellaneous food items are enroute.

The honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan has announced Rs 1 billion as relief assistance to the affectees and has also desired that the Provincial effort of food assistance be augmented through provision of 97000 food packs.

NDMA has started work on this aspect and has already dispatched 10,000 food packs to the area. Compensation of Rs 200,000/- for families of children having lost their lives during the calamity, has also been announced by the Provincial Government.

Forty Medics and paramedics with medicines have reached the area from Hyderabad with necessary supply of medicines. The Provincial Government has also released Rs 30 Million to the District Hospital Mitthi for medical facilities and medicines.

A number of ten doctors from various hospitals and paramedics have also been deputed from neighbouring districts for emergency duties. Army has established 6 Medical Camps with 8 doctors (including 3 lady doctors and 3 child specialists) at Diplo, Chachoro, Mithi, Nagarparkar, Khinser and Islamkot.

Agriculture department is providing fodder for the cattle on emergency basis.600 fodder bags have so far reached the area. Veterinary teams are working in coordination with the Agriculture Department for taking care of the livestock in the area. Around 8000 animals are being vaccinated on daily basis. Civil Society Organizations are also coming forward with significant pledges.

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