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:
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
- Disease of Gastro-intestinal tract
- Viral Conjunctivitis (eye)
- Wounds and superficial injuries
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.