Reports are streaming in of rather dramatic flood damages in parts of Southern Sindh. Not at all our area of operations, but of course we stand ready to intervene if needed.
The problem is, there’s not much actionable information out there. Yes, we know the situation is bad and is still unfolding. However, who’s already there, who can respond quickly, what can they bring to the table, what are the gaps? We don’t know yet.
Then there’s this article stating that the Government of Pakistan hasn’t yet asked for assistance from the international community. Granted, local officials in the flood-affected areas are screaming for help and are rather specific in what they want. They also claim the government is slow to respond, providing only a fraction of what’s allegedly needed.
Some NGOs have arranged assessment trips and are either already there or on their way, so we’re trying to plug into those networks to get more reliable information. If we go solely on the information coming out of local government officials, we’ll end up duplicating a lot of work being done by others, since there’s not much organization there in the cries for help.
Meanwhile, of equal concern are reports of continued rains to the north of us. Will these rains turn into floods here in our part of the province? That’s unclear so far.
Fortunately, we do have private funds and some assets, which could help us launch a rather quick emergency response. The question is: Where? Head South and help out in an unknown situation or wait to see if something’s going to hit here?
There’s a bit of a wait-and-see attitude, but in an emergency, waiting can cost lives….