Pakistan Floods

STATUS
Past Emegencies
DATE
February 2011
REGION
Pakistan
Credit:Photo by Lauren Ipsum

Overview

2014, the worst flooding since 2010 came with monsoon rains, killing hundreds of people and affecting 1.5 million people. AmeriCares emergency team is assessing needs and planning response.

 

2013 crisis level flooding struck Pakistan for the fourth consecutive year, affecting 1.4 million people. This new wave of flooding affected many families still suffering in the aftermath of the 2012, 2011, and 2010 floods.

 

2010 floods submerged one-fifth of Pakistan, affecting 20 million people and leaving four million homeless. More than 450 health facilities were damaged or destroyed, greatly limiting access to care for people in dire need. 

Emergency

In times of disaster, we put health first. The yearly flooding in Pakistan created major health issues including a crucial need for functional health care facilities, sustained supplies of medicines, vaccinations, and clean drinking water as well as relief items for displaced survivors. Our Emergency Response Manager worked with local partners to provide emergency medical and humanitarian aid to help families who lost everything. From delivering crucial medicines and supplies, to support for the digging of new wells and installation of water pumps, to awarding grants to restore local health facilities, AmeriCares provided nearly $6 million in crucial aid to help the people of Pakistan, many of them living in remote communities with no other source of help

Sometimes hope comes in small packages – read the story

Riaz travels from village to village bringing help and hope. 

"AmeriCares was the first organization to reach those badly flood-affected areas with non-food items and free medical camps. Today, when I meet people, they say ‘Thank you AmeriCares.’ We were able to bring a smile back to them."

RIAZ KHALIL, EMERGENCY RESPONSE MANAGER

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Children are among the most vulnerable in the aftermath of a disaster
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Listening to the community and responding to their basic needs
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Distributing basic relief supplies to everyone in a village.
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Riaz travelled from village to village - often the only source of help for a community
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The answers to what form the disaster relief takes are found in the voices of the community

"This medical camp and your medicines gave me hope for life."

FLOOD SURVIVOR

Response

In times of disaster, we put health first. The flooding in Pakistan created major health issues including a crucial need for functional health care facilities, sustained supplies of medicines, vaccinations, and clean drinking water as well as relief items for displaced survivors. Our Emergency Response Manager Riaz Khalil worked with local partners to provide emergency medical and humanitarian aid:

  • Aid to increase hospital and clinic treatment: with deliveries of nearly $2.5 million in medicines and supplies and $52,000 in grants to support medical camps and provide needed health care to communities in crisis.
  • Nearly $2.9 in emergency aid for displaced families: including 26 distributions of humanitarian items to help survivors in 8 communities.

Recovery

Throughout fiscal year 2012, AmeriCares continued working in Pakistan to support the following flood recovery initiatives:

  • Restoration of health facilities, including five badly damaged by flooding.
  • Increasing access to clean water.
  • Distributing relief items to families still struggling to survive.

During the relief and recovery operation, we developed strong relationships with several local organizations in Pakistan. We are working with these partners to deliver ongoing medical and humanitarian aid to families in need across the country.