Pakistan flood response update - 22 September

Our teams are responding to the floods in the provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa. We're providing consultations through mobile clinics to people who are sheltering in camps, as well as people who have been made hard-to-reach because of floodwaters. Our medical teams have treated people for skin diseases, diarrhoea, malaria, eye infections, and more. In Punjab province, we conducted a needs assessment and plan to launch an emergency response.

Response in Balochistan province

Our teams are running two mobile clinics with outpatient consultations in Dera Murad Jamali (DMJ) and Dera Allahyar in districts Naseerabad and Jaffarabad respectively. Most patients are presenting with malaria, fever, skin diseases, diarrhoea, and eye infections. To-date, 7,000 people have received medical care. In Chaman, over 450 people have had medical consultations and in Quetta, over 800 outpatient consultations have been provided. Most of these patients have respiratory infections, or acute watery diarrhea (AWD). 

Response in Sindh province

We have started running two mobile clinics in the Dadu district of Sindh and have so far provided primary medical care to over 1,500 people mainly with skin diseases, malaria, and diarrhoea. Using boats, our teams are still assessing the medical needs in nearby remote villages that have been cut off by the floodwater. Teams have also been providing over 20,000 litres per day of clean drinking water to people taking shelter at different camps in Dadu district. More water trucks are being arranged to reach the wider population.

In the north of Sindh province, assessments are being done in Sukkur city, and MSF’s water and sanitation teams have already started providing clean drinking water. We have installed water tanks with a capacity of 24,000 litres, which are being refilled on a daily basis. Over 200,000 litres of water have been provided to displaced people taking shelter in Labour Colony flats and Lab-e-Mehran camp in Sukkur district.

Response in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa

In Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa,MSF launched three mobile clinics, in Sara sang, Bela and Miaonlay villages in Charsadda district, villages located next to riverbanks. The houses in these villages have been partially or completely destroyed, and villagers are now facing outbreaks of water-borne diseases. In the last week, the medical teams have seen 983 patients with respiratory tract infections, eye infections, acute diarrhoea, severe skin infections and chronic diseases. The teams have distributed non-food items (NFIs), including hygiene and kitchen kits, mosquito nets and insect repellents to over 600 families in the three villages. Water and sanitation needs have been identified and water storage tanks will be installed in the villages so that people can access clean drinking water. 

We are soon going to start emergency operations in the Nowshera district after assessments by medical and water and sanitation teams.

Needs assessment in Punjab

Our emergency response teams have identified high needs when it comes to access to primary healthcare and the provision of safe drinking water in southern Punjab. 

Many areas are still flooded and it may take time for water levels to come down. MSF is looking into starting emergency response activities in different locations of Rajanpur, Punjab.