Monsoons of 2010 and 2011 affected many households and human lives in Pakistan, specifically affecting the North West Frontier Province and Punjab. The flood caused by heavy rainfall resulted in deteriorated living and sanitation conditions for the residents of the affected areas. The floods, which began in the August of 2010 uprooted more than fifteen million people from their homes — nearly half of them being children. The spillover effects of the flooding in the country began to reverberate much further.
Karachi Electric Supply Company launched a massive flood relief campaign exclusively managed by the utility’s own employees from collection to distribution. In this regard the KESC established five gathering points in Karachi and opened a bank account to receive relief supplies and monetary donations. The utility established KESC Care Camps in Sindh to provide humanitarian aid to thousands of individuals displaced and affected by floods. These camps provided medical treatment, preventive medical care, emergency medical evacuation, food, shelter, safe drinking water and other basic necessities to the victims of country’s worst-ever natural disaster.
Every KESC family member was proud of the following achievements:
- KESC provided Shelter, food, medical care, electricity and purified water supply to approximately 30,000 IDPs in Thatta and Karachi with forward camps at Sajjawal, Sunda and Challian.
- The programs was fully managed and operated by 240 KESC employees on rotation basis.
- The overall relief operation was one of the biggest self-operated efforts by any corporate entity in the country.
- KESC provided 3,000 tents, 117 trucks of food packages, 9 trucks of daily usage items and 2 water purification plants.
- KESC, in collaboration with Aman Foundation, provided state of the art medical assistance to more than 18,500 IDPs in Thatta and its adjoining areas. Mobile Health Units treated patients who could not visit the dispensary located at the Base Camp.
- 18 babies were born at the Thatta camp. The delivery cases were fully financed by KESC.
- A fully fledged camp school for children under 12 and sport activities like cricket and football were organized to provide recreational relief to the IDPs.
- An Eid Carnival was organized on the third day of Eid that generated great excitement and happiness among IDPs. Sweets, Eid hampers, bangles, ice creams and goody bags along with festivities were arranged for the IDPs.
- All IDPs were provided with tents, utensils, 45 days ration supply and transportation back to their homes, on their departure from the camps.
- Generators and Food supply for four camps at Karachi.
Flood Relief Program turned out to be a huge success and was rated as the fourth best governed community program by the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry.