Deadly monsoon flooding in Pakistan has inundated one third of the country, affecting more than 33 million people. More than 1,700 people have been killed, including more than 400 children, and more than 8 million people have been displaced with 1.1 million homes damaged or destroyed, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The waters have also destroyed roads and bridges, further complicating relief efforts. The World Health Organization classified the flooding a level 3 emergency—its highest level. Almost 900 health facilities have been damaged. An estimated 9 million more people are on the edge of poverty due to the acute and lasting impacts of the flooding. Dengue fever and other mosquito borne illnesses are on the rise in Pakistan because of the standing water from the flooding. Access to clean water is also a challenge for many communities.
To date, Americares has held six distributions of tents, blankets, hygiene items, and cooking utensils to a total of 1,459 families (approximately 15,850 people) in Charsadda and Sway, communities located northeast of Peshawar in the KPK province. Americares has held four Medical camps in cooperation with HHRD, serving hundreds of patients. Americares conducted mosquito mitigation in 5 villages bordering the flood zone. We have also facilitated the delivery and installation of two AquaBlocks which have been installed near health facilities and provide 1,500 people with clean drinking water daily. Americares is procuring and delivering urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to support the volunteer medical teams.
Our latest initiative: We are providing support for our partner, the Takal Welfare Organization, to rebuild 6 health facilities in KPK province: repairing buildings, rebuilding water supplies, boring new wells, setting up security walls, and electrifying the clinics. Efforts continue to identify more health facilities for rehabilitation and repair.
Americares has provided emergency support in Pakistan since 1990, most recently in response to a major earthquake in 2021.
Read more about our response in Pakistan.