Turkish and Pakistani aid agencies are continuing their efforts months after devastating floods hit several parts of Pakistan, Trend reports quoting Daily Sabah.
Nestled on the northern outskirts of Pakistan’s Dadu district, a shelter center set up by the Türkiye Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has been a temporary home for over a month for Naik Mohammad.
Mohammad is one of hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis displaced by heavy flooding in September.
A resident of Mehar in Dadu, one of the worst affected districts in the southern province of Sindh, Mohammad and his family took refuge at the local train station when his small village was inundated by unprecedented rains and floods.
The family floundered there until the district administration moved them to the sprawling housing complex.
“We went through fear and hunger until we got here,” the 56-year-old farmer said.
Outside a huge tent, which serves as a mosque, Mohammad told Anadolu Agency (AA) he felt “safe” after the week-long trauma, especially the treacherous journey that he had to endure to save his life and that of his family.
“It’s of course not an alternative to your own home. But at least you get shelter and food here,” he said.
Monsoon rains, likely worsened by climate change, battered Pakistan for months from mid-June, damaging or washing away 2 million homes.
Pakistan’s new finance minister has estimated that it will take “nearly three years” for the South Asian country to recover from the devastating floods that killed more than 1,700 people and displaced another 7.9 million.
Rajab Ali, a resident of the nearby town of Khairpur Nathan Shah, another town hard hit by the floods, did not sit idly by unlike other families.
Ali’s wife, Meeran Bibi, with the help of her daughters, makes embroidered handkerchiefs which Rajab sells to Dadu, where he works as a labourer.
“We are grateful to our Turkish brothers for helping us in this difficult time. But we must not be a permanent burden on them,” said Ali, who owned a small plot of cultivated land in the suburb of Khairpur Nathan Shah before. flooding. says AA.