A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
In 2010 Pakistan was hit by its worst natural disaster. More than 1,750 people are thought to have died, with an estimated 18-20 million people affected by the floods.
In the six months since the floods hit Pakistan, with the help of generous public donations, Oxfam has:
- Helped almost 1.9 million people.
- Provided more than 1 million people with clean water.
- Built sanitation facilities for over 860,000 people.
- Provided hygiene kits for over 1.3 million people, and hygiene advice to over 900,000 people.
- Provided financial grants to more than 300,000 people to help them provide for their families.
- Organized cash-for-work programs and provided 118,892 people with money for their immediate needs.
- Distributed 12,000 winter kits -- blankets, jumpers, quilts -- in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- Provided emergency shelter to over 225,000 people.