AGENDA 1.Opening & Introductions 2.Minutes of the meeting 29 th August, including action points 3.Developments in last weeks Update – Situation Overview Update from NDMA Updates from the districts 4.Information Management 2012 Emergency Response Stocks in Country
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NDMA request: complementary support with contingency stocks in country
Clusters extended to end of the year
SC tracking information on distributions
NDMA priorities: food and shelter
MIRA results – needs, gaps and priorities
PDMA: Water is moving down to Shadadkot, Larkana, Dadu. Water level increasing in Dadu and Larkana, decreasing elsewhere. There are concerns about the situation in UC Bogadaro, with water flowing from Balochistan. In QamberShadadkot the situation is very preoccupying. Drains are overflowed except in Dadu. Drains still have capacity to absorb increasing water flows, and we have time to prepare and mitigated potential impact. PDMA also presented maps of affected infrastructures in various districts. Latest information is from Sept. 22nd. 5-6 districts were severely affected and it is expected that this water will keep moving in the next 3-4 weeks. Jacobabad remains the most affected area;
PDMA is keen on seeing TSSU and CCCM emergency trainingsactivated
WFP has to capacity to assist 10,000 families for two weeks, and will concentrate on 2 UCs of Jacobabad. WFP has 4 boats available for their operations and can support humanitarian agencies who need to use boats for distributions – they are managed by PFF;
Save the Childrenis working with WFP, and are willing to start WASH and Shelter activities asap
CRS is currently preparing for a response(including ES) and trying to reallocated funds for the emergency response from other on-going projects. CRS will target areas where they have been implementing projects in the past and continue their involvement. They have highlighted funding as being a critical issue.
HANDS has distributed tents, NFIs and cooked food with the support of DFID and Rotary club in various districts - details will be shared.
OXFAM GB is planning to implement WASH activities in camps; they reported 190 camps in Kashmore;
PDMA recommended all distributions to be carried out immediately, and use stocks available in country as per NDMA directives. What has been achieved/ on-going activities remain unclear. Most agencies are in the planning phase. Obtaining information from the districts about distributions carried out and planned is critical to ensure good coordination of the upcoming response.
It is feared that very few District administration kept record of distributions – tents and foodhave been provided in big chunks without keeping real records; sometimes they may have been politically motivated. Only Kashmore kept good track of assistance provided>> PDMA and OCHA to liaise with district authorities to obtain detailed information.
PDMA suggest clusters to roll out coordination at the district levels as well. Shelter Cluster offered to redeploy temporarily staff based in South Sindh to affected districts in North to support capacities. However, capacities are limited, and it may take some time to roll out coordination at the district level, therefore organizations active in the field are suggested to act as key informants for clusters.
Oxfam and Sapco shared that many local NGOs are active in the districts and carrying out assessments. However they have no resources to respond. Clusters clarified that existing stocks are extremely limited
IOM asked questions about the current security situation prevailing in Sindh. Escorts remains compulsory, and agencies should keep a very low profile and avoid any signs that could identify them, as they could expect incidents; in Kashmore, authorities offered that provide the rangers to escort humanitarian actors.
OCHA FO based in Kashmore shared that many agencies seem to focus on Jacobabad and leave a gap in Kashmore. CRS is present in both districts and shared that the situation is worst in Jacobabad, and areas of Kashmore and Shikarpur neighboring Jacobabad are actually the most affected.
All humanitarian stakeholders are very eager to start activities in N. Sindh ( distributions and cluster activities), however funding appears to be a real issue and resources are too limited to ensure a proper response; with no additional funding coming, it is feared that humanitarian response will be stopped very quickly, i.e in the coming weeks.
SC meeting will be called in Sukkur on Thursday 27th September.
NRC distributed 2109 NFI/Hygiene kits
Only PDMA distributed tents (6,670)
Total distributions (Sindh and Balochistan & Punjab) so far
Damaged & Destroyed Households
Emergency shelter strategy