Pakistan Floods Crisis
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Starting mid-June 2022, Pakistan experienced three times the average annual rainfall, resulting in floods throughout much of the country, with devastating results:
33 million people affected, including 16 million children
More than 1,400 people killed
7.9 million people displaced
2 million houses damaged or destroyed
13,094 km of roads damaged
410 bridges washed away
1.1 million livestock lost
6.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance
Even as the water recedes, the impact of the flooding is widespread and will be long-lasting.
For example, the loss of crops and livestock is leading to food insecurity and loss of income. Waterborne and other diseases are on the rise, including diarrhoea, malaria, acute respiratory infections, typhoid, and cholera. Affected people now have less access to services including health care, education, and livelihood opportunities.
Damaged shelters lead to an increase in the risk of exploitation and abuse, and a critical lack of resources may have negative effects such as an increase in child marriage or child labour. The onset of winter will be particularly harsh for families who have lost their homes.
In response to the needs of the communities affected by the flooding, and the desire of Canadians to help, the Humanitarian Coalition launched a national fundraising appeal on September 13.
Canadians responded generously, raising more than $15 million, including a matching grant of $7.5 million from the Government of Canada.
Humanitarian Coalition member agencies are responding to the humanitarian needs of 500,000 people in Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. We are working with our partners to provide emergency food, water, shelter and health care and to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable people, especially women and children.
Our members are providing:
- Emergency food supplies
- Food vouchers for families who can buy their own groceries
- Therapeutic food for vulnerable people to prevent malnutrition
- Washroom facilities in schools and displacement camps
- Hygiene and dignity kits for adolescents and families
- Drinking water through water trucking and water treatment units
- Emergency shelter and winterization kits
- Household essentials and mosquito nets
- Safe spaces for women and children
- Psychological support for affected families
- Mobile clinics offering primary health-care services
- Assistive devices for people with disabilities
- Emergency cash assistance to families for basic needs