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CIIT Abbottabad's Flood Relief Campaign

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Abbottabad has always been in the forefront in all disastrous situations and helped the affected people. A Flood Relief campaign was launched under the supervision of Worthy Director Prof. Dr. Khan Gul Jadoon in 2010. To reach the affected population, a team of CIIT Abbottabad’s students and faculty went to DOABA and Charsadda. District Charsadda was the worst affected area during the 2010 floods. Around 12000 families got homeless during the flood. Most of the villages in 32km square were completely washed away by flood water. All the belongings of the people were taken away.

Our team distributed 200 packs of food items containing 5 kg rice, 3 kg Daal, 2 kg sugar, I kg Ghee, ½ kg dates, ¼ kg tea and salt. The food items were given away to 200 victimized families. Besides this, 10 Daigs of cooked rice, in three villages and two camps were also distributed. Other than the food items, around 60 special packs of female clothes and other materials prepared by our female students were also distributed among the females in the camp.

The flood relief team went to Kohistan (Dubair) on Friday, August 13, 2010 and distributed food items in 200 affected households. Dubair is a small town on Karakuram Highway between Besham and Dasu. More than half of the village houses and shops were completely washed out by Dubair Nullah. The road connection of down country with Gilgit-Baltistan and China is cut off at this place and the only food supply to upper Kohistan is through army helicopters and to some extent by a trolley cable built over the Nullah.

On August 28, 2010, CIIT Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Committee visited Pashtoon Garhi of District Nowshehra. This village has 3500-4000 households in five Mohallas i.e. Kandi Payan, Kandi Bala, Rahim Abad, Ajab Bagh and Shaheed Abad. The village is situated on the right bank of the Kabul River hardly 600-700 meters away from the river. No government or private organization was able to reach the worst affected Kandi Payan of Pashtoon Garhi. CIIT Abbottabad’s team was the first one to reach there for helping the victimized people. Following activities were done in the village:

1. Free Medical Camp:

A free medical camp was established in the village. A group of seven senior, five junior and four medical students’ (altogether 16) volunteers from Ayub Medical College accompanied us. The medical doctors were specialized in the fields of:

  1. Gynecology
  2. Medicine
  3. Surgery
  4. Pediatrics
  5. Dermatology
  6. ENT
  7. Eyes
The doctors checked 300 registered patients (majority of them were women and children) and we provided free medicine to all of them. The major diseases in the village were:
  • Scabies
  • Disease of Gastro-intestinal tract
  • Viral Conjunctivitis (eye)
  • Wounds and superficial injuries
  • Depression

2. Distribution of clothes, shoes and food items

Packets of female, male and children clothes along with shoes were distributed in more than 200 poor households. A list of most deserving households was prepared with the help of local activist before the visit. Priority was given to widows and female headed households. Food items were also distributed but only among the widows in the village.

A cash amount was also distributed in the village among the poorest widows, females and few poor males. This money was donated by few faculty members of CIIT Abboattabad.

On the way back another village (Behram Khel) in Nowshera Kalan but on the other side of the Kabul River was visited. The story of human and animal loss and damages to property and assets was even worse than Pashtoon Garhi in this village. The same items were distributed among 150 households in this village but due to lack of time medical camp could not be established there.

3. Research survey in the village

Research survey was carried out in, Pashtoon Garhi. During the survey, the focus was on understanding the wealth ranking, livelihoods, drainage, sanitation and water supply systems, and damages in the village. The objective of the research survey was to look into the possibility of long term research and development interventions in the village.

Presently, we have launched the COMSATS medium and long term engagement and the following three projects have been initiated:

  • Adopt a student
  • Adopt a family
  • Adopt a village

CIIT Abbottabad needs your continuous financial and moral support and requests you to give a serious thought in adopting any or a mix of the above packages.

The flood Relief Committee greatly appreciates the great support of the administration and all volunteers and wish that we continue our relief and rehabilitation interventions.