Humanitarian Coordination and Advocacy for Pakistan Floods Response
Over the course of the 2010 monsoon season, Pakistan experienced the worst floods in its history. Heavy rainfall, flash floods and riverine floods combined to create a moving body of water equal in dimension to the land mass of the United Kingdom. The floods have affected 84 districts out of a total of 121 districts in Pakistan, and more than 20 million people - one-tenth of Pakistan's population - devastating villages from the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea. More than 1,700 men, women and children have lost their lives, and at least 1.8 million homes have been damaged or destroyed.
The overarching goal of the UN's Revised Floods Emergency Response Plan (total funding requested: 2 billion USD) is to prevent excess morbidity and mortality and to enable flood-affected communities to return to their normal lives.
This funding agreement provides a contribution to OCHA's humanitarian coordination activities in Pakistan under this Revised Emergency Response Plan.
In response to the floods, OCHA identified the need to continue to improve the humanitarian situation by enhancing coordination mechanisms, steering the response of the present and incoming humanitarian actors and preparing humanitarian information products to provide effective and principled humanitarian assistance. OCHA appeals for a total of 10,900.000 million USD to provide these coordination and support services.
Based on its mandate, OCHA will continue to provide leadership and support the work of the Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programs, NGOs and the Government by:
" Strengthening effective coordination, targeted information management and strategic planning between relevant stakeholders at all levels.
" Support the Humanitarian Coordinator to take a strong lead in humanitarian advocacy. Humanitarian access to the population affected by the floods, the inclusion of all cross cutting issues, including gender and human rights& an awareness of int'l. humanit. law.