Deadly monsoon flooding in Pakistan has inundated one third of the country, affecting more than 33 million people. More than 1,200 people have been killed, including more than 400 children, and more than 1.1 million homes have been 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 has classified the flooding a level 3 emergency—its highest level. Almost 900 health facilities have been damaged. Warnings from floods, river overflow, and landslides have been issued for more areas of Pakistan, and heavy rainfall with strong winds and thunderstorms is forecast over much of the country.
Americares is preparing to deliver urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to support volunteer medical teams. In addition, a local distribution of cooking supplies, tarps, blankets and water cans is underway. Americares is also planning to support the rehabilitation of 20 health facilities in some of the hardest hit communities as well as install hand pumps in 12 communities that have lost access to clean water.
Americares has provided emergency support in Pakistan since 1990, most recently in response to a major earthquake in 2021.