Posted on 05 September 2022
Pakistan has been hit with devastating floods, triggered by the heaviest monsoon rains in a decade.
The death toll continues to climb and situation reports indicate significant damage. Long term aid support to Pakistan will be necessary for ongoing recovery.
As the situation unfolds, a number of the Council for International Development's humanitarian organisations are connecting with local partners, identifying needs, and setting up appeals.
New Zealand's Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), have announced $500,000 funding to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), to support immediate humanitarian response.
- Some 33 million people have been affected in 116 of the country’s 160 districts and 80 districts were declared as calamity hit.
- Over 1,172,549 homes, 243 bridges and over 5,063 kilometres of roads have been damaged and over 733,488 livestock have been lost.
- Food security: The impact has been particularly severe in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, which is most likely to affect the already highly food insecure situation in the vulnerable districts, and the situation will further deteriorate due to ongoing rains.
- Shelter: The extent of damage to houses mean that most of the affected population need rental cash assistance, emergency shelter, essential non-food items (NFIs) and tool kits for removing debris, repairing and reconstructing their houses..
- WASH: 63 per cent of the population in the worst affected districts are reporting access to safe water as a serious problem.
Current appeals and response activities:
- Unicef Aotearoa - Responding through Pakistan's office. Concerns around communicable water-borne disease, and food security.
- CWS - Working with local partner, Community World Service Asia, coordinating response with the government and other groups. People urgently need food, clean water, hygiene supplies, tents and non-food items.
- Oxfam Aotearoa is mounting a humanitarian response working with a network of local partner organisations. Relief efforts will focus on two of the hardest-hit provinces of Balochistan and Sindh in the south-west of the country. The response will target 25,000 families and households affected by the floods.
Caritas Aotearoa NZ is partnering with Caritas Pakistan and has so-far sent them a $10,000 solidarity grant fund. Caritas Pakistan is working with about 2000 flood affected families with cooked food, dry food packages, safe drinking water, hygiene kits, tarpaulin sheets and tents.
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