Annual Flood Tragedy: Death Toll Rise to 92

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Saturday, 01 August 2015 17:22

ISLAMABAD: Death toll rise to 92 as six more people perished in the flood triggered by torrential rain on Friday. 

Yet to devise a plan for this every year calamity, the officials keep busy scrambling to revise the death toll than to come up with solutions to avert such.

More than half a million people (591,674) have been affected by the flood, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). With a fatality count of 43, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa emerged as the leading sufferer among provinces and regions while Azad Jammu and Kashmir accounted for 19 deaths, followed by Punjab 13, Balochistan 12 and five in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Though it has been a month since the flood began swamping several parts of the country, no segregated data is available with the NDMA about the number of women and children affected by the disaster.

A senior official working with relief efforts in flood-hit areas on the condition of anonymity said that it is a known fact that women, children and elderly people are more vulnerable during natural calamities.

The official said it is because they are more susceptible to illnesses and getting displaced as compared to men.

“Whenever there is a natural calamity data is collected highlighting the affected number of women, children and elderly people so that relief efforts could be made accordingly,” said the official.

“Indeed, it is a big question mark that without having segregated data on women and children how the relief efforts are being carried out. In flood hit areas all genders and age groups have different kind of requirements,” he said.When contacted NDMA member Ahmed Kamal said: “Several times we have requested and sent reminders to our Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to provide segregated data. However, we have received no response.”

He was of the view that it all happened due to the lethargic attitude of PDMA staff in all provinces which are being hit by the floods.

“We are sending our teams to flood-hit areas to gather gender based data. This will give us a clear picture about how many women and children have been affected or died in floods so far,” he said.

Additionally, the head of NDMA gender and child cell will also be visiting Chitral this Sunday to collect data, said Kamal.

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