Floods in Pakistan have played havoc with the lives of millions of people. Thousands lost their lives as the rushing floods swept them away, while others were injured and lost their homes and property within a matter of minutes. The MJSF has designed a Relief Process that is simple but effective. The relief objective is to increase the rate of survival by providing items of basic needs such as food, clean water, and essential medicines.
The organization first surveys the areas of operation gathering data from local NGOs as well as from the Provincial Disaster Management Authorities. The second step is to send MJSF’s workers to the affected areas to carry out an independent survey. The relief operations begin 24-48 hours after the survey, during which time the procurement, packaging and transportation of relief supplies takes place. The basic relief items being provided to the affected areas include 8 day food rations and clean drinking water.
To extend care and support to the families displaced due to the recent flood 2011 in Sindh, Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and JS Bank sent out its health team comprising doctors, Para-medical staff, dispensers and helpers along with its fleet of ambulances and food rations for more than 3,000 families, to provide assistance to the affectees. To date, medical attention to 10,229 patients along with food rations, water and basic medical supplies have been provided to an estimated 17,500 people in the affected areas which should last them for a period of 8-10 days. The areas that were covered in the initial phase from 3rd September to 12th September included Badin, Mirpurkhas, Thatta, Tando Mohammed Khan, Tando Allahyar and Mithi and the next phase will cover areas of Sanghar, Nawabshah, Dadu and Khairpur districts.
The United Nations (UN), the Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh (PDMA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), JS Bank and The Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation (MJSF) jointly coordinated the relief efforts for the 2010 flood relief under “United for Cause” group focusing on developing coordinated strategies to address humanitarian needs of flood hit communities.