Over 2010 and 2011 Pakistan was hit by its worst natural disaster – an estimated 18 million people were affected by the floods. During that period, Oxfam reached 2.4 million people with humanitarian aid, including clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, tents and cash-for-work programs.
We've started another emergency response to get aid to those affected by recent flooding in Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan provinces. This is the third consecutive year of flooding in Pakistan and many of those affected had not fully recovered from last years’ mega-floods.
Oxfam responds as flooding affects Pakistan (October 2012)
With your assistance we can continue to help people. Please donate now – these Oxfam affiliates are running direct appeals for the recent Pakistan floods:
Alternatively, you can also make a donation 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.
Read the joint agency report: Pakistan Floods Emergency: Lessons from a continuing crisis
Read the Oxfam report: Ready or Not: Pakistan’s resilience to disasters one year on from the floods
View Pakistan Floods 2010 in a larger map
As of September 2012, we plan to support up to 25,000 households (175,000 people) with clean water, access to sanitation, hygiene kits, food (through conditional cash grants and cash for work), livestock support, emergency shelter, etc. Currently Oxfam is responding with their national partners and using their pre-existing stocks available in-country.
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.
Read more about our 2010-2011 humanitarian response to the Pakistan floods.
Thanks to overwhelming public generosity and institutional funding, Oxfam was able to raise $75 million to support our initial Pakistan emergency program.
We urgently need to see the same donor generosity and giving that took place last year during the floods.
Read our one-year report: Pakistan Floods Progress Report: July 2010 / July 2011
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Updated October 2012.