Heavy monsoon rains have caused flash flooding across Pakistan. At least 90 lives have been lost, and thousands of homes have been damaged.
Streets and homes were flooded with sewage water in the southern port city of Karachi. Of the total flood-related casualties, 31 deaths have been reported in southern Sindh province, while 23 people have died in the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Emergency Response Team has been mobilised and is carrying out needs assessments.
Donations towards our Global Emergency Fund will help save lives.
With an estimated population of around 217 million, Pakistan hosts one of the world’s largest populations. As well as being one of the most highly populated countries in the world, Pakistan is also host to one of the largest refugee populations worldwide. This includes more than 1.4 million refugees from neighbouring Afghanistan.
In addition to high levels of poverty across such a large population, vulnerable communities are also forced to contend with the effects of earthquakes, floods and droughts year after year.
Islamic Relief medical staff examining a local man in need.
Reconstruction costs in the aftermath of these disasters have placed additional stresses on Pakistan’s fragile economy and local families’ daily lives.
The impact of contaminated water sources, limited healthcare provision, and shortages of water and sanitation all contribute to communities’ daily struggle to survive.
Islamic Relief works with communities to deliver innovative and sustainable projects around climate change, livelihoods, and increasing resilience to disaster. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) for example, we’ve been helping communities adapt to the effects of climate change to ensure their crops remain safe from drought by introducing rainwater harvesting structures and training on climate-adaptive farming.
Serving communities in need following an earthquake.
Our post-flood reconstruction programmes take a fully integrated approach to protecting communities as best as possible. We have rebuilt villages, installed new water and sanitation facilities and supported communities to rebuild small businesses and housing.
With firm foundations and brick walls, new homes cannot be washed away by future floods. The homes also have earthquake-proof roofs. The housing reconstruction blueprint we developed in consultation with the communities affected in 2010 was also later adopted by other aid agencies. In 2005, we received an award from the Government of Pakistan for our relief efforts during the earthquake.
We also offer a range seasonal aid including Ramadan and Qurbani food aid and essential food and non-food items for families during the bitterly cold winter months. Our 1:1 child sponsorship programme also ensures that children have critical access to education, nutritional support and medical care – helping children in need to have a brighter future.