United Nations High Commission for Refugees completes shelter village for Jaffarabad flood victims
QUETTA: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has successfully accomplished its mission of building a shelter village for flood victims in the district of Jaffarabad, UNHCR Balochistan head Charles Lynch said in a briefing to reporters after a three-day visit to the district. The shelter village would benefit around 8,550 families hit by floods back in 2010, he said. UNHCR Balochistan spokesperson Javaria Tareen was also present on the occasion.
Lynch said that Pakistan had faced the worst floods of its history in 2010. “The devastated victims of flood in affected areas of Balochistan portrayed a grim picture,” he said, adding that around 11 districts of the province were badly affected by the floods and torrential rains and that 385,000 people had been directly affected by the disaster. “UNHCR responded immediately and provided tents, food items and kits to thousands of affected families in various affected districts of Balochistan,” he said. “The extent of the damage had aggravated manifold and thousands of flood victims were stranded in Naseerabad, Jaffarabad and Sibi districts. These people were in need of food, tents, NFIs and medicines,” Lynch said. After the flood, the UNHCR quickly responded to the catastrophe-hit areas, he added.