Pakistan is one of those countries most adversely impacted by climate change. Early summer with sweltering temperatures, glaciers melting, and prolonged periods of rain led to catastrophic floods that brought tragedy in the form of loss of life, property damage, exclusion, disease, and starvation. It impacted more than 33 million people, causing the loss of life and the destruction of their homes. In some parts, the water from the flood still stands as it has no way out. Millions of dollars worth of crops have been destroyed, and if the situation is not resolved soon, hunger and famine will further worsen the catastrophe. A total of 115 districts throughout the nation have been classified as calamity-hit, with Sindh suffering the most damage and then Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Donation impacts lives
There has been $20 billion worth of substantial financial losses. Since mid-June, almost 1,600 individuals and over 750,000 cattle and other animals have died. For the foreseeable future, millions of acres of land are no longer suitable for cultivation. Houses, hospitals, schools, and mainly infrastructure have all been damaged; their repair will take a huge amount of money and effort. Just the government cannot do the needful; therefore, flood donation is what we are counting on.
Effects on health
Certainly, many health issues have emerged as extra complications in this terrible situation. Mosquito-borne ailments, including malaria, chikungunya, and dengue fever, are on the rise. With the already devastating effects of water-borne illnesses, such as gastroenteritis and cholera, salmonella infections and amoebiasis are predicted to rise. Also, due to the unclean surroundings in the camps of the flood affectees, other viral and bacterial illnesses, including respiratory tract infections, and skin and eye infections, have also upsurged.
Flood relief fund
However, food and building supplies won’t provide physical and psychological healing. It is difficult to satisfy the population’s actual demands unless their perspectives are sought, appreciated, and taken into consideration. With the flood relief fund, every person must get the support they are looking for, which is what they deserve.
Additionally, the suffering of those impacted has increased as a result of an increase in snake bite incidents. In upper and lower Sindh, where rice is grown, and there is a lot of water in the fields, the months of July and August are infamous for snake bites. The snakes emerge from their tunnels as a result of heat and water. Snake poisoning primarily calls for anti-snake venom, which is not readily available even in hospitals and other medical institutions, let alone in temporary housing and camps. They are exceedingly expensive and not accessible to everyone, even if they are offered on the private market. In order to prevent it from worsening the morbidity and total mortality of displaced people and everyone around them, the snake bite problem has to get specific attention.
Many NGOs have been working relentlessly, pooling in flood donations and channelizing them to reach the deserving. The object of every NGO and other such organizations is mutual – helping the flood affectees. Hands are one of those organizations that have been trying to reach out to those who have lost their homes and even their loved ones. Their businesses have crashed and are almost non-existent. They need emotional and mental support at the same time. So, the flood relief fund should not only be going to feed and provide shelter but also provide them some ground to make a living for themselves and their families and lead a life they desire and deserve