A major source of livelihood in the flood affected areas of district Kharan is agriculture and livestock. Both were devastated by the floods. Heavy loss of agricultural fields and grazing lands destroyed livelihood sources and created serious nutritional deficiency amongst livestock reducing their productivity. Further, the floods rendered surviving livestock to increased probability of parasitic infestation and outbreak of diseases. The non-availability of appropriate fodder and drinking water resulted in cattle losing their vitality and ability to maintain a strong immune system. This made them vulnerable to various diseases, weight loss, reduction in milk production and even death. Due to the flood, affected communities lacked the financial resources to buy medicines for de-worming of livestock, which is necessary to maintain the health and quality of cattle. To support the flood affected communities, it was important to provide them with essential processed feed and medication needed for the health and quality of their livestock and for the revitalization of the communities’ livelihoods.
SEHER, with financial and technical support of Relief International, WFP and FAO extended its support and provided food to flood affected families and processed feed, sorghum seeds and medicines for vaccination and de-worming of their large and small ruminants so that the ruminants could survive until fodder crops were harvested, grazing was restored, and food security for the families secured. SEHER’s on-going services assisted 12,500 families and provided processed seeds and vaccination to 100,000 small ruminants and 12,500 large ruminants.