April 07, 2011: People affected by last year’s devastating
floods have voiced concerns over the treatment meted out to
them and said the reconstruction and relief efforts have had
little impact on their lives.
“Despite efforts of the government and international
supporters, fear of not having enough money to meet basic
needs remained virtually unchanged,” a survey commissioned
by Oxfam said on Wednesday.
“Pakistan’s flood affectees want their basic needs
addressed. They want jobs, cheaper food and healthcare. They
want their representatives (in parliament) to concentrate on
meeting those needs,” the survey report said.
HIt said the calamity provided the authorities an
opportunity to reshape their relationship with the people.
Oxfam commissioned the Pakistan Flood Affectees Survey in
January to record the views of the flood-hit people. The
survey involving opinion of 2,040 people, carried out
between January 15 and 24 in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,
Balochistan and Sindh, provides a compelling insight into
the needs and desires of those who survived the country’s
The survey, carried out by the Free and Fair Election
Network for Oxfam, found that besides jobs those affected
thought the availability of affordable food, homes and
healthcare needed to be prioritised as reconstruction began.
According to the UN, 1.6 million homes were damaged or
destroyed and more than five million jobs lost in the
Courtesy: The DAWN