Pakistan Scouts continues to expand their relief work
In the aftermath of heavy flooding in Pakistan, Rovers and Scout Leaders of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association are continuing the work to respond to the needs of people living in the affected areas.
Rovers and Leaders are largely involved in building temporary shelters, distributing food, clothes and blankets and administering emergency medical assistance.
As a result of the 17th August meeting of provincial secretaries in Islamabad, Scouts all over the country are helping in relief camps and rehabilitation centres. For effective coordination between the national and provincial offices, Scouts provide facilities to district administrators and other relevant authorities. At the district level, Scouts have set up relief camps in Balochistan, Punjab province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, AJK, Gilgit Baltistan and even at the Islamabad and Karachi airports.
In Balochistan alone, flood has submerged several villages destroying homes and livestock in the districts of Barkhan, Kohlu and Sibi. Balochistan Scouts set up a relief camp and allowed the victims to use their headquarters faciltities. Presently, more than 300 people are temporarily settling in 23 tents at the campsite.
In relief camps, Scouts are helping distribute blankets, mattress, bath buckets, lighting, clean drinking water, cooking facilities such as gas stove and cooking utensils.
Since there is no safe drinking water, many people are suffering from diarrhea, cholera and skin diseases. Stalls are set up in various schools where Scouts collect donations and other items.
Scouts working in camps at Sibi, Dhadar, Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Dasht and Quetta are helping the army and frontier corps in distributing food and other medical supplies. In these relief camps, Scouts installed a child-friendly space where children play board games, football, cricket wickets, bat and ball with the assistance of UNICEF.
Pakistan President and Chief Scout H.E. Asif Ali Zardari is monitoring the whole situation and directed the Scouts to play their role in this crucial time.
Pakistan Boy Scouts Association is working with different government agencies along with international and humanitarian organizations in the reconstruction and medical assistance.
WOSM Secretary General Luc Panissod sent a message of comfort to PBSA expressing his sympathy to the whole country.