IFRC accelerates relief operations with PRC

KARACHI: The Under Secretary General of International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Xavier Castellanos Mosquera, Chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari and Chairman PRCS-Sindh Branch Samar Ali Khan visited flood-affected areas of Sindh and distributed ration packs, hygiene kits, non-food items including tents, tarpaulin sheets, mosquito nets, blankets etc. to flood victims in District Sujawal.

This important visit occurs at a time when PRCS, in collaboration with IFRC and Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement partners, is providing clean drinking water, food items, tents, hygiene kits, and medical facilities to the impacted population in the flood-stricken areas of the country.

According to a press release, the IFRC under Secretary General during his visit to the Sujawal District and distributing food and other relief items to the flood victims, he appreciated the PRCS efforts and said that due to the recent floods, the health of women and children are at risk, and IFRC will continue its support for the provision of treatment and better facilities. “I am very proud of the work we are seeing from the Pakistan Red Crescent as they reach people with relief items. In the coming months we will need to ensure the international community comes together in solidarity for the people of Pakistan.

The Pakistan Red Crescent and the IFRC will continue to be there, supporting local action to help those who need it most”, he added. Xavier also assured that the IFRC will help the PRCS in assisting over 320,000 people to recover from these devastating floods through its emergency appeal.

PRCS Chairman Sardar Shahid Ahmed Laghari said expressed his gratitude to IFRC and RCRC Movement partners for their support in alleviating the sufferings of the vulnerable people. “People in flood-affected areas have lost their beloved ones, homes, livestock and crops, and are now suffering from severe health problems, so they need our urgent assistance, and in response, PRCS vowed to help until the last flood victim gets relief”, said Chairman Laghari.

He also uttered that after providing relief, in the next phase, PRCS will also provide shelter and livelihood to the most vulnerable people affected by floods in Pakistan. Samar Ali Khan, the chairman of the PRCS-Sindh Branch, commended the IFRC and the PRCS National Headquarters for assisting the provincial branch in providing Sindh’s flood-affected households get relief supplies.

He stated that everyone in PRC-Sindh, including management, staff, and volunteers, is working around the clock to reach flood victims and provide relief supplies to those in need in the 12 most vulnerable districts. And have provided relief items to thousands of families so far. Now, PRCS is deploying more mobile health units, installing more water purification plants, and distributing portable water filters, date bars, and nutrition supplement sachets to flood-affected families, he added.

The IFRC Head of Delegation in Pakistan, Peter Ophoff, PRCS Secretary General Dr. Adeel Nawaz, PRCS-Sindh Provincial Secretary Kanwar Waseem, and officials from District Branch Thatta including Haji Hanif Memon were present at the relief item distribution ceremony in Sujawal.