NGOs said that the government waited for weeks before allowing international aid agencies to act, but also blamed foreign donors for the poor response "in funding help
The fact that the government of Pakistan to allow international humanitarian agencies to support local relief efforts immediately after the floods last year survivors prevented from receiving adequate support, timely, according to a briefing paper released Thursday.
With a "weak response" from international donors, six months after floods devastated parts of Sindh and Balochistan provinces in August last year, more than 2.5 million men, Women and children still do not have enough food and shelter, said the newspaper Emergency Flood in Pakistan - Lessons from the disaster continues, published by a consortium of national and international
"Though launched its own rapid response, the Pakistani government waited several weeks before allowing aid agencies to support international relief efforts in Pakistan," the newspaper said. "There were reports of prejudice and discriminatory policies that affect the distribution of aid in some cases ... restrictions on the activities of aid agencies, such as the use of cash donations, or delays caused flooding prevented the survivors receiving the most appropriate support. "
Pakistan was still reeling from the impact of severe flooding in 2010, nearly a year when the monsoon rains have devastated some days later in the same region in August Sindh was one of the provinces most affected by the floods of 2010.
More than 5 million people in Sindh and Balochistan have been affected by flooding in 2011. About 1.8 million people homeless and more than 2.2 million hectares of crops were lost.
Most people who have returned to their homes still live in makeshift shelters. The remaining floodwaters prevented thousands of farmers to plant crops in November and December, which left many dependent on aid, said the consortium, including local NGOs, such as agriculture and Forestry Workers Coordinating Organization of Sind, Pakistan and fishermen Forum Laar Humanitarian and development, and international organizations, including Oxfam, Concern, Save the Children and Islamic Relief.The consortium has also criticized the international community's response to the crisis. At February 10, only 47% of the UN appeal for $ 357 million had been met. The consortium said the goal was modest compared to other calls. The UN was seeking $ 66 per person by the floods of 2011 compared to $ 97 per person after the crisis of 2010, $ 217 per person, after the Asian tsunami of 2004 and $ 481 per person, after Earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
While the European Commission, the U.S. and the UK were the main donors, the response of other donors and rich traditional whole have been disappointing.
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