Red Crescent distributes buffaloes among flood-hit families

360 buffaloes given to flood survivors in five districts of Sindh and 60 buffaloes distributed in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan. 

ISLAMABAD: To support the livelihoods of communities affected by the 2022 monsoon floods, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in collaboration with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) completed distribution of buffaloes in Sindh and Balochistan.

Under the livelihood assistance initiative, 360 buffaloes were distributed among the flood survivors with 60 buffaloes in each of the five districts of Larkana, Qambar Shahdadkot, Dadu, Khairpur and Shikarpur in Sindh. Additionally, 60 buffaloes were distributed in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan. 

As many as 120 buffaloes will be distributed in Dera Ismaili Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Dera Ghazi Khan Khan in Punjab in coming days. 

The distribution of buffaloes was done in separate ceremonies held in the aforementioned districts. The events were graced by Muhammad Abaidullah Khan, Secretary General PRCS; Piwi Ophoff, Head of Country Delegation, IFRC Pakistan; the leadership of PRCS’s respective district branches, staff and volunteers from PRCS and IFRC, and community representatives and notables.

Speaking on the occasion, Sardar Shahid Ahmad Laghari, Chairman, PRCS expressed gratitude for the tremendous efforts of PRCS staff and volunteers who have been tirelessly working day and night to provide much-needed assistance to flood-affected people. He highlighted PRCS’s commitment to continuing its support to communities through various interventions, including cash assistance, shelter, livelihood assistance, healthcare, and hygiene promotion. He also called upon Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to play an active role in assisting the affected communities.

“We remain dedicated to our mission of serving humanity and stand ready to support communities in their journey towards recovery and resilience”, Chairman Laghari added.

Piwi Ophoff, Head of Country Delegation, IFRC Pakistan, commended the teams involved in providing assistance to those in need. According to him, “The distribution of buffaloes among the flood survivors is one of the key initiatives taken by the national society to empower the livelihoods of the affected communities. IFRC remains committed to supporting the national society in providing livelihood opportunities to the flood survivors, to improve their well-being and building their resilience to climatic shocks.”

The beneficiaries and community elders have appreciated the PRCS and IFRC’s initiative, as it will empower the livelihoods of the communities ravaged by the 2022 floods.

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