In 2010 Pakistan was hit by its worst natural disaster - floodwater inundated up to one fifth of the country and affected an estimated 20 million people. Oxfam launched an immediate response to provide aid to more than 2.4 million people.
In 2012 fresh flooding in Pakistan's southern Sindh province put millions of people at renewed risk of disease and widespread malnutrition. Oxfam has helped 70,000 people worst affected by renewed flooding.
Oxfam responds as flooding affects Pakistan (October 2012)
Update, 25 September 2013
Pakistan earthquake, in Balochistan: A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck on 24 September, killing at least 270 people. We're hearing that the immediate needs are water, sanitation, shelter & medical. Oxfam aid stocks in Hydrebad being mobilized.
With your assistance we can continue to help people. Please donate now to the general emergency fund of your nearest national Oxfam affiliate. Your money will be used to fund our emergency work worldwide, which includes responding in countries such as Pakistan.
Flooding has devastated villages across all provinces in Pakistan and caused massive damage to infrastructure with roads submerged, bridges swept away, and many schools and hospitals damaged.
Over nine million people were affected by the last floods that hit in August 2011. As of February 2012, more than three-quarters of the affected households had not received any shelter assistance while around 800,000 people were still displaced. Estimates at that time indicated at least 2.5 million people were still living without basics such as food, water, shelter, sanitation and healthcare.
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In response to the 2012 flooding, we helped 70,000 people worst affected, with clean water, access to sanitation, hygiene kits, food (through conditional cash grants and cash for work), livestock support, and emergency shelter.
Over 2010-2011 we reached over 2.4 million people with humanitarian aid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Azad Jammu Kashmir.
Our response included the provision of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, as well as tents and cash grants. We also ran cash-for-work programs, so that people in need of help were paid to carry out vital rebuilding and rehabilitation work. Cash transfers have been identified by Oxfam and its partners as the best mechanism to assist families in accessing their urgent food needs without further depleting their assets.
Oxfam has also assisted in the search and rescue of more than 58,000 people.
Thanks to overwhelming public generosity and institutional funding, we were able to raise $75 million to support our initial Pakistan emergency program.
Please consider supporting our ongoing emergency response in Pakistan.
Report: Pakistan 2012 Monsoon Floods: A prolonged disaster -- a report from the multi-agency National Humanitarian Network, assessing the international humanitarian response, and recommendations for preparedness.
Read the joint agency report: Pakistan Floods Emergency: Lessons from a continuing crisis
Oxfam one-year progress report: Pakistan Floods Progress Report: July 2010 / July 2011
Read more about our 2010-2011 humanitarian response to the Pakistan floods
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Updated October 2012.
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