Video - Post-flood farming recovery in Sindh - February 2012
KANDH KOT, Pakistan (ACTED News) – Communities in Sindh province, southern Pakistan, are slowly recovering from successive devastating floods that occurred in the past years, caused by heavy monsoon rains. The floods have transformed the lands, extending over hundreds of miles of flat fertile fields, into a carpet of salt and sand brought by the overflowing Indus River.
The recent high salinity of the soil has caused erosion, and pools of stagnant water have become the main supply point for many communities, spreading waterborne diseases throughout the province.
Among some 50 villages, ACTED staff intervenes in the Noor Hassan Bijarani and Muhammad Ismail villages to train the communities affected by numerous consecutive and devastating floods affecting the whole country. Training consists in effective and sustainable use of innovating agricultural techniques to help the communities get the best out of their land.
The 2010 and 2011 floods caused by the monsoon in Pakistan deposited a thick layer of salt and sand on the otherwise fertile, extended lands of Sindh province, and destroyed the vulnerable populations' homes, crops and livelihoods. ACTED’s mobilization of the communities is helping them recover from the effects of the floods by strengthening their food security and developing their economy, as they sell additional produce generated on the local markets.
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