Eric Dayal, Emergency Officer with Caritas Pakistan
I’ve been out on an assessment in Sibi in the diocese of Quetta this week. Sibi is one of the hottest inhabited places in the world so it was very humid when I visited. So humid that you could hardly breath.
The people were in terrible conditions and had lost everything. About 80 percent of the houses had gone and there were just piles of mud around. Some of the people had been evacuated while others had gone up to higher ground. They were getting some food through the Government, but that was just once a day.
People were desperate for help in Sibi. They would pull on my hand and ask me to go and see where their houses had been. They really needed some help.
With the fields under water as well as the houses, people didn’t have anything to do. Some would just sit around waiting. The women would gather in one place while the males would try and get rid of the water in the houses that were still standing. The children, meanwhile, would play in the water and swim.
It’s a big problem for communities to leave the disaster area because of the water levels and the blocked roads. But by staying in the area the health risks increase and people can get things like cholera, stomach problems and skin problems on their feet when they wade through the floods. There’s also the possibility of snake bites. Continue reading