Pakistan Flood Emergency

Millions of kids desperately need life-saving help.

Record-breaking torrential rains have washed away villages and critical infrastructure in all four provinces of Pakistan, killing more than 1,400 people - a third of them children. This massive climate disaster has affected the most vulnerable with at least 33 million people, including millions of kids, plunged into desperation and danger.  

These families need urgent access to shelter, safe drinking water, food, hygiene and medical services. Without help, they’ll be exposed to hunger and outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera, and many children could die.

We urgently need your support so we can ramp up the response and save children’s lives.

If you can, please donate today.  

What’s happening in Pakistan? 

Unprecedented rainfall of up to 5 times the 30-year average swept away dams, bridges, health centers, schools and homes within minutes, leaving entire families homeless. They’re now out in the open with their young children in unrelenting rain. 

Many of the 116 hardest-hit districts are amongst the most vulnerable in Pakistan - with 81 districts being declared 'Calamity hit'. Over 664,000 people are living in displacement camps, with many lacking adequate shelter and access to adequate food, clean water and sanitation.

Children already suffering from high rates of malnutrition, poor access to water and sanitation, and other deprivations - are now left hurt, without a home and even water to drink. Relief and rescue are extremely hard to carry-out with the high-water levels and washed-out infrastructure. Yet lifesaving humanitarian help is desperately needed. 

What’s UNICEF been doing in Pakistan? 

UPDATE: Two charter flights with over 65 metric tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical kits arrived on the 10 and 11th of September, and another one is due this week.

UNICEF has field offices in all of the affected provinces so we immediately reprogrammed existing resources and drew on stockpiles of emergency supplies to provide lifesaving support. UNICEF has already reached 85,000 people with safe drinking water and over 14,000 people have received hygiene kits. We've set up 50 mobile health clinics to provide lifesaving assistance to displaced populations. As well as delivering critical medical supplies, vaccines and therapeutic food supplies to affected children and families. 

Much more is needed so we can reach all the families displaced by floods and help them overcome this enormous climate disaster - all in a country that’s the world’s fifth most populated. We urgently need your donations to scale up our ongoing emergency supplies and support for kids and their families. 


What needs to happen now?  

We urgently need donations from Kiwis like you to ramp up our response and provide ongoing urgent relief: 

  • Life-saving medical equipment and essential medicines and vaccines to avoid likely outbreaks of waterborne diseases.  

  • Nutrition treatment for women and children, including micro-nutrition supplements as the food scarcity and contaminated water supplies affect more of the population. 

  • Clean and safe drinking water before it is too late. We need to rehabilitate damaged water points, as well as distribute soap and hygiene kits. 

We’re calling on New Zealanders to help us continue supporting all the Pakistani children and families affected by these monster floods caused by the climate crisis. 


Why donate to UNICEF? 

Every moment counts in an emergency. That's why we’ve developed the global reach and huge partner network to help us deliver life-saving supplies to children and families -anywhere in the world - in under 48 hours. Although we’re part of the United Nations, we’re entirely funded by donations. 

When you donate to help us respond to a crisis, your support reaches children fast and lasts long after the headlines fade. We work with families, communities and governments in over 190 countries. We don’t just respond to over 300 emergencies every year - we also try to holistically solve the root causes of the big problems affecting kids in the greatest need. Until we’ve helped them prepare for a future filled with hope. And we’ve been doing it for over 75 years


On 24 August 2022, children wait to collect safe drinking water delivered by UNICEF and partners to their village in Lasbela District, Balochistan Province, Pakistan.

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