Pakistan Floods:

Muslim and World Sympathy
PUIC Bulletin No.8 Winter 2011
The Pakistan floods began in July 2010 following heavy monsoon rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan regions of Pakistan and affected the Indus River basin. At one point, approximately one-fifth of Pakistan’s total land area was underwater.
According to Pakistani government data the floods directly affected about 20 million people, mostly by destruction of property, livelihood and infrastructure, with a death toll of close to 2,000. The number of individuals affected by the flooding exceeds the combined total of individuals affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
The power infrastructure of Pakistan also took a severe blow from the floods, which damaged 10,000 transmission lines and transformers, feeders and power houses in different flood-hit areas. Flood water inundated Jinnah Hydro power and 150 power houses in Gilgit. The damage caused a power shortfall of 3.135 gigawatt.
Floods have submerged 17 million acres (69,000 km2) of Pakistan’s most fertile crop land, have killed 200,000 herd of livestock and have washed away massive amounts of grain. The agricultural damages are more than 2.9 billion dollars, according to recent estimates, and include over 700,000 acres (2,800 km2) of lost cotton crops, 200,000 acres (810 km2) of sugar cane and 200,000 acres (810 km2) of rice, in addition to the loss of over 500,000 tonnes of stocked wheat, 300,000 acres (1,200 km2) of animal fodder and the stored grain losses.
On 24 September World Food Programme announced that about 70% of Pakistan’s population do not have adequate access to proper nutrition. Most of this population with less than adequate nutrition lives in rural areas of the country.
Floods have damaged an estimated 2,433 miles of highway and 3,508 miles (5,646 km) of railway. Cost estimates for highway damages are approximately 158 million USD, and railway damages are 131 million USD. Public building damages are estimated at 1 billion USD. Aid donors have presented an estimate that 5,000 schools have been destroyed.
On 7 September 2010, the International Labour Organization reported that more than 5.3 million jobs have been lost due to the floods.
In view of this huge catastrophe which afflicted this Islamic State, the response of Muslims has been substantial and timely.
At the PUIC level the PUIC Secretary General Professor Mahmud Erol KILIC sent urgent messages to H.E. Dr. Fahmida Mirza, Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan and also to H.E. Mr. Farooq H. Naeek, Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan.
In his messages Mr. KILIC said: “We are following with great attention the effects of the devastating floods which have recently afflicted your sisterly country leaving in their wake huge losses in lives and properties.
While expressing our total support and sympathy with your honourable people in the face of these disasters, we pray to Almighty Allah to crown with success the formidable efforts exerted by the Pakistani government and authorities to extend relief to the victims and rehabilitate the affected regions. �
The Consultation Meeting of the Islamic Group met on the sidelines of the 123 Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva. Discussion centered on the necessity of coordination to achieve success for the proposal on the emergency item which addressed the humanitarian disaster in sisterly Pakistan. The IPU Secretariat received two proposals for items to be included in the agenda of 123 Assembly from the delegations of the United Arab Emirates and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The IPU then announced that legislators from 123 countries adopted an emergency item entitled: Immediate action to support international relief efforts in response to natural disasters, in particular with regard to flood-stricken Pakistan.