The man has power over everything except nature, and when the nature strikes, it leaves a permanent scar and vivid memories. In continuation to previous post that depicts the worse condition of victims of earthquake 2015 that shook Martung -sub tehsil of Shangla district. People in Shangla were digging through the rubble and were searching for the signs of life. Many of them awaited help which has been difficult to get.
The drop in temperature and roads covered with snow makes it impossible to access small villages webbed around the district. The children and women spent nights under sky and freezing due to plunging temperature. Fear and panic have gripped the residents as people came out of their houses that were destroyed, crops and means of livelihood shattered.
In such stances, HOPE- an NGO in Pakistan under the leadership of Dr. Mubina Agboatwalla- Child specialist in Karachi with its disaster management team made efforts to approach the people in need. Local CBO’s and authorized personals were taken into loop in order to reach the maximum number of affectees.
The relief funds consisted of blankets that were distributed among 500 people to protect from cold. Mainly children were protected from cold and disease like pneumonia and bronchitis.
As the means of livelihood and income generation were affected and winter had set in, the affectees now needed to wait for another 6 months before the next crop would be made. Hence, there was an urgent need of food otherwise malnutrition would set in. Thus, dry food in the form of lentils, rice, wheat, sugar, and oil in packets provided in one bag per family with one month of supply of dry ration was distributed among 300 people.
The local Nazim of Martung also took part in the relief operation and was pleased with the efforts and disaster management of HOPE.