Pakistan Flood Emergency
Record-breaking rains and torrential flooding have washed away villages and infrastructure in all four provinces of Pakistan. Thousands of people have been killed, many of them children. This massive climate disaster has affected the most vulnerable with at least 33 million children and adults plunged into desperation and danger.
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.
Almost 10 million children need our help. And we urgently need your support so we can continue to focus efforts on scaling up lifesaving assistance for children.
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 centres, schools and homes within minutes, leaving entire families homeless.
Almost 8 million people have been displaced. This includes around 600,000 people living in displacement camps, or in the 5,000 schools currently being used as temporary relief camps. Many of these camps lack adequate shelter and access to food, clean water and sanitation.
Many of the 116 hardest-hit districts are amongst the most vulnerable in Pakistan - with 84 districts being declared 'Calamity hit'. Many of these districts have reported a threefold increase in malaria cases and alarming increases in acute watery diarrhoea.
Children already suffering from high rates of malnutrition, poor access to water, sanitation and other deprivations - are now left hurt, without a home or even safe water to drink.
Relief operations are extremely hard to carry-out, with water levels still remaining high in many areas and washed-out infrastructure slowing down transport. Yet lifesaving humanitarian help is desperately needed.
What’s UNICEF been doing in Pakistan?
UNICEF has field offices in all affected provinces, so we were able to immediately reprogramme existing resources and draw on stockpiles of emergency supplies to provide lifesaving support.
UNICEF has reached 462,977 people with safe drinking water and over 435,500 people have received hygiene kits.
We have 56 mobile health teams providing lifesaving assistance to displaced populations. As well as delivering critical medical supplies, vaccines and therapeutic food supplies to affected children and families. More than 510,000 people have benefitted from these services.
We have enrolled 18,166 severely wasted children (10,018 girls and 8,148 boys) for nutrition treatment.
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 continue our response and provide ongoing urgent relief:
Life-saving medical equipment and essential medicines and vaccines to help prevent 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.
Page updated: 8th November 2022
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