PHF members contributing $4.8m for flood affectees

Zubair Qureshi

The member organizations of Pakistan Humanitarian Forum are contributing $ 4.8 million. The PHF member started the response activities at the earliest and reached out to 362,564 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Punjab, Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Balochistan.

Syed Shahid Kazmi, Country Coordinator, PHF on Saturday shared that Pakistan Humanitarian Forum, and its member organizations were fully engaged with the government and donors to take strong position on- on-going floods in the country.

The member organizations of PHF are also in process of procuring more resources to better respond to the devastating situation caused by the flash floods. A total of $3.2 million is in the pipeline. Currently PHF members (Qatar Charity, Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid, Muslim Hands, Human Appeal, Save the Children, IRC, CARE International, ACF, HHRD, Concern Worldwide, WHH, Mercy Corps, CESVI, WaterAid, Tearfund, ACTED) are providing response in different sectors and catering the need of flood affectees related to WASH, Food, Health, Shelter and NFIs.

Kazmi said the destruction was huge and massive efforts were required to provide immediate, relief, rescue, and rehabilitation services at all levels. He mentioned PHF members need assessment and damage details at the earliest so they can mobilize more resources and to cater to the needs of affected people at all levels.

Farhan Ahmed Khan, Chair of PHF Executive Committee shared that PHF members (INGOs)are having global experience of managing emergencies having trained human resource and contextual knowledge of working with local communities, if they are provided with better access to flood affected areas they can perform better. He also shared that there is a need that all international and national organizations stand with the government of Pakistan and with the people who are badly affected in various parts of the country.

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