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Pakistan floods update

Torrential monsoon rains and subsequent flooding in August and September 2011 has ravaged southern Pakistan for the second consecutive year, affecting over 5.8 million people. Concern Worldwide launched an emergency response to these floods.

Huge scale disaster

In Sindh, the worst-affected province, almost seven million acres of land were destroyed and 1.5 million homes were damaged. More than 1.8 million people were forced to flee their homes and seek refuge on higher ground, in public buildings and in makeshift tent settlements. Essential water and sanitation infrastructure was severely damaged leaving this already vulnerable population highly susceptible to diseases. 

Providing emergency relief

In the wake of these devastating floods, we launched our emergency operation through  partnerships with local charities. So far, we have helped 55,658 people, providing families with tents, shelter kits, food rations and non-food items such as floor mats, blankets and mosquito nets.

Vulnerable to disease

The floods left many people highly susceptible to the spread of water-borne diseases. There was an urgent need for access to clean water and adequate sanitation facilities. We responded by providing clean water to 3,650 families during the initial 30 days of the emergency. We also installed 59 hand pumps and 169 pit latrines. 

Improving health and hygiene

In addition, we held 115 awareness-raising sessions promoting health and hygiene. These sessions reached 350 families. We also distributed hygiene kits consisting of soap, jerry cans, sanitary cloth and water purification tablets to 7,200 families.

Three months on

Three months on, however, and only 35% of the required funding has been received. More than five million people in Sindh and Balochistan provinces remain in need of help. More than half of these are children. With an estimated 797,000 homes damaged or destroyed by the floods, many of the 1.2 million people now face the enormous challenge of starting to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

Enormous challenge

Approximately, 743,800 people remain displaced, and an estimated 4.3 million people in the affected areas still have little or no access to food. They urgently require support to enable them to resume food production and income generation activities. Concern is committed to working with these people until they recover from this crisis.