Resettling the Indus
The current flood crisis of Pakistan, which has displaced 12 million people and killed more than 2000, has highlighted the incompetence of the government in dealing with disasters, and more importantly, in being equipped enough to avert such a disaster. It is time that we get together and come up with solutions practical enough to be implemented in these areas without having to rely on the government solely to take some initiative.
As discussed in our first meeting on the 17th of August, we have decided to take the length of River Indus as a project, in which the objective would to formulate an organization, which could be broken up into task-force teams. By treating this as a project, we hope to be able to focus on the issues that need to be addressed in a chronological manner. For this we will need surveys of affected areas, documenting them on a map for reference in the future, photographic documentation, infrastructural assessment, etc.
First task at hand, it was established, was to create a network of people/organizations/NGO’s working/living in the flood affected areas in order to assess the kind of rehabilitation efforts that would need to be initiated. To this end, a survey has been drafted that has been dispatched to multiple organizations/NGO’s and private charity drives. The survey covers basic information of the area being documented; analysis of current situation of infrastructure, sanitation, water, hygiene, housing, etc.; and finally, contact details of local representatives of NGO’s and residents who are willing to partake in long term rehabilitation efforts.
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