Pakistan: Massive new displacement follows flooding in Sindh
|Publisher||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)|
|Publication Date||26 August 2011|
|Cite as||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Pakistan: Massive new displacement follows flooding in Sindh , 26 August 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e5790f72.html [accessed 11 March 2014]|
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Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by floods in Sindh as their homes and crops have been destroyed. Sindh was the province worst affected by the devastating floods of 2010. Many people who were displaced last year are still struggling to recover. Further floods are expected during this monsoon season, and villages are vulnerable to repeated flooding due to land use that blocks natural rainwater drainage and leads to breaches in irrigation canals.
Over 220,000 internally displaced people have sought refuge in relief camps, including 85,000 children, but most displaced low-caste Hindu families and poor farmers have taken shelter on the roadside to protect their livestock and avoid discrimination in the camps. Camps reportedly lack basic facilities, and local authorities and relief workers have been without adequate resources to contain the spread of disease and provide urgent assistance.