Flood Relief 2010

In late July 2010, heavy monsoon showers resulted in massive floods in Pakistan. Floods of such scale had not been recorded in this part of Asia for the past eighty (80) years. Since the country was not prepared, and already had a weak and outdated infrastructure for disaster-recovery, the floods ended up causing unprecedented damages; killing more than 1,700 people, and leaving than 14 million people homeless. Over 20 percent of the land area was submerged at the peak time of the floods – which is roughly the size of Italy, and Billions of dollars in damages to infrastructure, housing, agriculture, livestock, and other family assets was recorded. Moreover, 40% of arable land was inundated, causing the loss of that year’s crop, and $43 billion was the estimated cost for relief and rehabilitation by UNICEF’s WFP (world food program).

In the Aftermat 

According to the assessment report WFP, ‘The flash floods in the mountainous north (KPK) were intense and highly destructive. This wasf10-1 also largely the case in parts of Baluchistan. In flatter areas of Punjab and northern Sindh, riverine flooding has been a very destructive phenomenon, although with a slower onset, affecting densely populated and cultivated areas. In lower Sindh, the ongoing riverine delta flooding may have longer lasting effects due to soil saturation of these low lying areas’.

Al-Huda branches across Pakistan stepped out to help Pakistani brothers and sisters in this time of dire need. The Hayatabad Branch started flood relief operation on July 29, 2010 itself. The team reached Bela, Azakhel and Pirpai and saw 40 members of the Jhogia family trapped in the water and about to drown. A valiant effort was made and the family was rescued using ropes. During the night, one team member also saw a water cooler floating in the water. The team got hold of it and when it was opened, a small baby almost one (1) month old was found inside. Apparently, the unfortunate parents could only think of this method to save their child - and God, made the miracle happen. The baby was adopted by a member of the Al-Huda team.

Yet, there were so hundreds of thousands who were not able to survive, and many perished in front of the sad eyes of Al-Huda team members. One instance that team reported, was that the team members saw 12 kids crying out for help in the water. They reached the children, made them sit on a bed, and attempted a rescue, but the pressure of the water was so much that the bed kept drowning. Another attempt was made using a big air-filed tube, but unfortunately the tube leaked and the bed turned upside down in the water, and all the children drowned.

A lady rescued, also narrated that when she heard of the floods, she had 2 kids with her and 5 were playing outside in the streets. She did not realize the extent of the floods and while she was trying to barricade her house, somebody saw those 5 kids, and made them sit on a tree to try to save them. These poor kids, who were less than 5 years of age, were stuck on the tree the whole night, and the youngest kid got bitten by a snake and died in front of his siblings.

One team member also saw a house made of hay floating in the water. Children were sitting on it, trying hard to save themselves by navigating the house, but it struck the Nowshehra bridge pillar and was destroyed - the kids were all drowned.

By 13th August, 2010, the Hayatabad branch was covering Bela, Amangarh, Khat Kalay, Pushto, Nagri, Nowshehra, Jehangira, Taru Jaba, Azakhel, Ashurabad, Charsadda, Tarnaab, Madyan, Behrain, Pirpai, Gujar basti, Labour Colony (Peshawar), D.I.Khan and Phando.

Similarly, other branches of Al-Huda across the country divided areas amongst themselves, and started trying to reach as many afflicted people as possible.

With the help of Donors across the country and abroad, along with immense strength of belief from staff and volunteers, Al-Huda branches made two bifurcations in the relief operations. One was directed towards addressing the immediate food, medicine and shelter needs, and the other  to addressing the long-term needs (i.e. relief operations on a long term basis, and reconstruction of homes and provision of livelihood). Hence the relief operations were divided into three phases.

Phase 1: Immediate Relief, Ramadan Ration and Iftar

Al-Huda team members, and in some cases even their family members set out to distribute rations for Iftar and Sehri. For Iftar, if possible, spreads would be laid out separate for both men and women, and Tilawat would be played in background. In addition to seeing the satisfaction on the faces of children and their families, their feedback to Al-Huda organization was also encouraging. People reported that they have been satisfied with the fair distribution of our organization. They gave the teams a lot of duas and where possible, before winding up the Iftars, they would have a congregational dua with the attendees, Alhamdullilah. The areas covered were as follows:

  1. 1.Pir Piyai : Iftar was arranged in 13 villages
  2. 2.Peshawar: 12 Villages surrounding the city were served
  3. 3.NowShera: Bardashi Village- estimated 150 families i.e. approx. 800 people were served
  4. 4.Chamkani: Lala Kalay- approximately70 families were served
  5. 5.Pabbi: G.T Road
  6. 6.Charsadda: Jaala Bella- approximately 80 families were served

Phase 2: Daily relief Operations for as long as needed

The daily operations involved distribution of food rations as-per-need basis to different villages that had still not been able to recover their routine livelihoods. The operations were carried till the beginning of 2011, by the grace of Allah. The following areas were covered






6.Peshawar & surroundings







13.Muzaffar Garh District

To give an idea of the daily relief operations, below are details of the activities in two areas (i.e. Sindh and Muzaffar Garh District). Similar operations, but varying in size because of the area affected, were also carried on in the above listed 13 locations:





Jamshoro (including BYPass)

25+38 families camped on both sides of the ByPass were provided with Daily necessities and taught basic religious education like Tahara, Salah, Duas and Fem ul Quran in Sindhi

HawksBay road

Dire need for Medical camp was found at Musharaf Colony, a 700 tent city with 4000

adults and 6400 children. 80% people in this colony are from Kambar Shahdad Kot,

Dadu and Kashmore and 20% from Jacobabad and Larkana. It came to our knowledge

that 4 new born babies had expired in the past due to lack of medical aid and there were

at present 72 gynae cases


Donated to Civil hospital & volunteer doctors of ‘Off Road’ Pakistan


Distribution in 5 villages, 22 kilometers from Sujawal and beyond. We covered 818 homes. It was a 13 hours journey back home for our team.

1. Aachar Khas Khali               117 homes

2. Goth Hafiz                           122     "   

3. Main Surjani Bund/Surjo        247     "  they have barely received goods before us  

4. Nohwalro                             179     "    

5. Sohki (U.C Belo)                  153     " 


The area of Jati had received very few relief goods.  People go in search of food for their villages on motorcycles. Some literally begged us to follow them to their village. After ramadan NGO’s work has slowed down especially as the road situation is very bad, most of them are broken and trucks have difficulty as they get stuck. Villages included:


1. Goth Faiz Muhammad

2. Goth Khamiso Mohana

3. Goth Guljat

Union Council Bilo

This distribution took place in 4 villages, belonging to union council Belo. It is 14 kilometers before Kot Alma, Surjani. We covered around 600 homes in these areas:


1. Haji Abdullah Gotta

2. Muhammad Khan Bijoro

3. Talbani Bajora

4. Haroon Wadera Goth


Adopted 35 families (250 people). Providing ration and clothes on a regular basis 

Gharo Camp

Registration based on NIC, Medical camp, Stand-by Ambulance provided by Edhi Foundation, Clean Water supply, Electricity, Wash Rooms pledged by UNICEF, Dedicated area for Islamic Education, Besides relief work we will also provide religious education

Pakistan Marine

Medicines as pledged

Sacchal Goth

Rations and soaps

Gizri Camp

Relief goods (packages with cooking oil, hygine etc). Also taught people Tahara, Salah and Duas

Munarki Sindh

Distributed 500 boxes to affected




Muzaffar Garh District

District Muzzafar Garh

The flood affected areas in Muzaffar Garh District have been visited. Most of the houses are totally collapsed  in hundreds of villages.


Rohela Wali

A detailed survey was done on August 20, 2010, with the help of some known people in Baseera. Registration of those people is made using their ID card numbers (if known). Tokens for ration are distributed.

Today we are preparing to leave for Baseera with the following aid:


300 ration packs – each pack consists of:

Sugar                2 Kg

Flour                 20 Kg

Daal Mongi      1 Kg

Rice                   2Kg

Daal Chana      2 Kg

Salt                    1 pack

Chilli                  1 Pack   

Rooh Afza         1 Ltr  

Tea                     1 pack

Dates                 1.5 Kg

Ghee                  2 Kg

Match Box         1 

Powder Milk     0.5 Kg

Mineral Water  1.5 Ltr

Washing soap    4 pcs 

Bath Soap           2  pcs

Each Ration pack costs Rs.2000/-  and can be used by 3-4 people


Mineral Water – 50 crates 


Men’s Suits     100

Ladies’ Suits    100

Children’s suits   100




Khan Garh


Mahmood kot


Shah Jamal




Phase 3: House Building and Rehabilitation of Displaced Families



Survey was planned and conducted by Al-Huda Karachi team in January 2011.f10-2

  1. Goth Muhammad Khan was the first place visited, and is a few minutes’ drive from main SujawalIt had 35 homes, some broken and some in good condition.  There was a masjid and school which needs repair. They had one water pump.
  2. Second place was Goth Usman Khaire, 4 kilometers from Sujawal, close to Hawai addo. We saw 55 homes which were all damaged in some way or the other. The model home constructed here was for Rs. 8750. This included some wood with kana and the mud lipai done by the people themselves. Some labour is required to make the basic structure. It has a 12 by 12 ft single room with a wooden door, a window is optional and it has a verandah.
  3. Third place was Hawai Addo, 3 kilometers from Sujawal. Al-Huda had built 40 mud homes around 3 years back. Some got damaged as the mud got washed away by the recent floods. Very few got completely washed away. There is a community hall where Quran classes are conducted fortnightly. There is no proper masjid and there was no water in the pumps.

Note: The people of the area prefer to live in mud homes as they are warmer in winters and cooler in summers. The residents do not want to live in cement houses. Karachi Team has also recommended mud homes as they can survive floods.

Suggestions by our staff:

  1. Goth Muhammad Khan should be taken as Al-Huda project as it is closer to town and travelling is easier.
  2. Hawai Addo should be given support to repair as needed.
  3. Goth Usman Khaire should be helped to build homes as they were very deserving indeed.
  4. Rs. 16000 estimate for Al-Huda village and Hawai Addo. Rs. 8750 estimate for Usman Khaire.
  5. Water pumps: should be provided to these 3 places.



Alhamdulillah, by end of November 26, 2010, Al-Huda had facilitated building of 30 houses for the flood affected. Each house costs around 65,000 PKR.

The following materials were used:

  1. Blocks
  2. Tiles for roof
  3. Steel doors (to reduce the cost)
  4. Used blocks and wood


The affected were provided with bedding, ration, steel beds, clothing, and electricity connection.

Alhamdulillah, the feedback given to Al-Huda was very positive and the victims were overwhelmed to receive support, which gave them a boost to start again. In fact one survivor reported that her husband attempted suicide and was rescued and brought to the hospital by Al-Huda team members. His shop was affected badly by the flood, so Al-Huda made his shop functional. He was very happy and thankful and named his shop ‘’Alhuda Kiryana Store’’!

3.Pir Piyai

Alhamdulillah, on Oct 28th 2010, a COMMUNITY VOCATIONAL CENTER of a very unique nature was set for construction at Pir Piyai in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The location was planned to accommodate the vocational training requirements of 7 to 8 surrounding villages. Research was done in advance to find a location which is safe, and with easy access for administration, along with provision of the basic amenities of life, like drinking water, electricity, gas, telephone and a metal road.

1 Canals and 15 Marlas land worth approximately 35 lacs has been donated for the project by a local donor. The land was surrounded by brick boundary wall, with two gates, a mosque and two rooms.

The opening ceremony on October 28th, 2010 left the people of the community highly motivated and enthusiastic about the construction of such a center. 



The company Redbull (Pakistan+Afghanistan) donated money to build 5 houses for the flood affected. An employee of Redbull was sent to make a survey of the identified areas.


A Rehabilitation project by Al-Huda Peshawar was also completed, and the areas were: Maankian and Paar Nowshera

First of all, data of the families was collected from NADRA, and sorted to get a complete picture of orphans, widows and the most deserving. Construction of 5 houses was started immediately.


The houses each had 1 room, 1 washroom, kitchenette and a boundary wall. And cement blocks were used for construction instead of bricks helped in reducing the cost. The entire cost is Rs.100 thousand for five houses. The affectees are made to construct homes for themselves. They use their own man power and financial assistance is given by Al-Huda. This is to inculcate in them the habit to struggle and strive on their own and also, so that they value their homes.

 Additional five houses were built for five deserving families in Mahalla Saidaan, and Daagi Khail


5.Multan & Nowshera also had homes constructed under Al-Huda supervision


In Conclusion


وَمَنْ أَحْيَاهَا فَكَأَنَّمَا أَحْيَا النَّاسَ جَمِيعًا

And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely…


None of the operations would have been possible without the help of Allah, dedication of Al-Huda staff, the infrastructure support of the armed forces in some cases and especially the cooperation and valiant donations made by the people of Pakistan and abroad. We would like to thank each and everyone involved for their physical efforts, emotional support and financial donations (with special mention to Al-Huda’s international branches in Canada, USA and Dubai).

Jazak Allah Khairum