Qatar Charity (QC), with support from benefactors in Qatar, has provided relief assistance to flood victims in Balochistan, a province of Pakistan, in co-ordination with the Provincial Disaster Management and the Government of Balochistan.
The assistance included food items and winterised tents along with plastic mats, which were distributed to 365 people, including 200 beneficiaries from Kalat district and 165 beneficiaries from Noshki district.
While implementing the relief project, QC has given priority to the most vulnerable people affected by floods and droughts, including poor families, women, people with special needs, the elderly, children and orphans, a press statement notes.
Receiving the relief supplies, the beneficiaries extended thanks and gratitude to benefactors in Qatar, as well as QC for supporting them at a time when they had lost their crops and livestock and their homes were damaged by floods and droughts.
Kalat and Noshki, both districts in Balochistan province, are remote and poorly accessible, making it difficult for charitable organisations to reach there to address the needs of the poor.
On their part, the district administration and provincial government welcomed and appreciated the assistance provided by QC for the needy in the province. Also, the provincial government requested for more humanitarian interventions in Balochistan.
QC is planning to open a field office in Balochistan as there is a "great need for basic services in many fields, such as education, health, water and sanitation and income improvement", the statement adds.
Balochistan suffers from chronic natural disasters. Most recently, it was severely hit by droughts and floods in 2018-19, and the districts of Kalat and Noshki faced the worst conditions.
Agriculture, livestock and all services such as health, education and water have witnessed a "dramatic deterioration in addition to the damage caused to the road network and infrastructure, increasing the rates of poverty and unemployment".
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), a government institution in Pakistan, has honoured QC in recognition of its humanitarian and development efforts in the country. QC was awarded a certificate of excellence and shield of honour by NDMA during a ceremony.