16 Million Children Affected, 1.4 Million Houses Damaged

16 Million Children Affected, 1.4 Million Houses Damaged
Of the 33 million Pakistanis affected by the floods as per the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), approximately 16 million are children according to UNICEF.

More than three million children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance as they are at "increased risk" of "waterborne diseases, drowning and malnutrition", notes the UN agency.

Around 17,566 schools are damaged partially or fully destroyed, which exacerbates the impact of floods on the lives of Pakistan's children.

Death toll and injuries:

The death toll of the flood affected Pakistanis rises to 1,265 according to NDMA's situation report till September 2, afternoon 2pm.

Sindh remains the province with the highest number of lives lost at 470. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the number of deaths has risen to 285, in Balochistan to 257 and AJK to 42.

Within the 24 hours between afternoons of September 1 and 2, the number of deaths reported in Sindh is 38 with 15 children, 15 women and eight men. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of the 17 deaths, 14 were men, two women and one child. In Balochistan one child passed away and in AJK one man.

The segregated data from the NDMA sitrep states breakdown of areas and causes of deaths from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa only. In Sindh casualties are reported from Ghotki, Sukkur, Mirpur Khas, Jamshoro, Larkana and Umer Kot; and in KP from Swat, Shangla, Chitral, DI Khan, Malakand and Kurram. People are reported to have died from drowning, roof-collapse and flash floods.

By now at least 12,577 people have been injured across the country, including 3,963 children3,355 women and 5,259 men.

The injured individuals' toll has risen to 7,204 in Sindh, which includes 3,028 children, 1,902 women and 2,274 men. 471 people were reported injured in Punjab, of which 119 are children, 168 women and 184 men. The total number of injured in Sindh is 8,314, in Punjab 3,737, and 336 in KP.

Damage to Houses, livestock and infrastructure:

The number of damaged houses in the country is now 1,427,039 - 1.4 million houses - of which 529,472 are fully damaged. 

KP, Sindh and Balochistan remain the worst hit. In Sindh, of the 1,224,441 - 1.2 million - damaged houses 454,876 are destroyed, and 769,565 partially damaged. The total number of houses impacted by the floods and rain is 80,145 in KP, of which 33,552 are destroyed. 61,718 houses are damaged in Balochistan, with 17,608 destroyed, 44,110 houses are partially damaged. 22,601 houses are destroyed in Punjab, and 59,078 houses are damaged overall in the province. In Gilgit-Baltistan, 1,164 houses were damaged with 546 fully destroyed, and 493 damaged in AJK.

Between afternoons of September 1 and 2, the number of houses reported to be destroyed in Sindh are 300,496, of which 147,270 are destroyed fully. In Punjab 12,758 more houses were damaged and 6,011 destroyed. 7,184 houses were damaged in KP, of which 3,319 were destroyed. 229 houses were reportedly damaged in GB and 13 in AJK.

After recording further loss of livestock, the total number has climbed to 735,584. 

Around 500 kilometers of roads are further affected by the floods in Balochistan, which adds to the lack of access in rescue and providing aid to the affectees. Nationwide, some 5,563 km of roads have been damaged or destroyed since June 14. More than 2,000 kilometers of roads and 98 bridges have been destroyed or damaged in the past two weeks, according to the UN's OCHA.

Rescue and Shelter:

Around 80 districts remain declared as calamity hit by the NDMA. However, the number of districts impacted by the floods is higher than 80, noted UN's OCHA in its recent situation report.

Of the 33 million affected population, 169, 676 were rescued, and 627,793 are in camps or sites for the displaced. 69,775 people were rescued in KP and 69,902 are in camps. In Sindh, 23,554 were rescued and 533,667 were given shelter. 75,397 were rescued in Punjab and 17,044 placed in camps.

The NDMA included a breakdown of affectees who were rescued and given temporary shelter in camps on August 30. It must be noted that as of September 2, further details on shelter and rescue of people in Balochistan, GB and AJK have not been included in the situation report. 9,182,616 people are affected in Balochistan, 51,500 in GB and 53,700 in AJK.

Faisal Edhi of Edhi Foundation told Naya Daur that people are given shelter in schools, colleges, stadiums and on the roads, and some of the displaced have also moved to Sindh as the access and speed of providing relief to Balochistan's affected remains difficult.

River Indus at Guddu and Sukkur remain in high flood level and at Taunsa and Kotri in medium level of flood. River Kabul at Nowshera is at a low flood level.

The writer is a multimedia journalist and researches human rights abuses. She hosts a show on social justice stories on Naya Daur TV.