Pakistan floods coverage

Concern is responding to the severe floods in northwest Pakistan. Follow the latest updates. 

Tip of the iceberg

At this stage, there are more than 14 million people affected by Pakistan’s floods. It is a disaster of epic proportions, unrivalled by any other natural catastrophe Pakistan has experienced.

People being rescued by naval boats in a village in Sukkur in Pakistan
I’m currently in Islamabad at Concern Worldwide’s head office in Pakistan. Today I’m moving to Charsadda in Khyber Pakhyunkhwa (KPK) to attend an aid distribution with the community there. 

Concern’s team was the first to reach KPK, as we were already working there. 

Helping families

Concern is targeting 10,000 families – 70,000 people – but if funds increase we plan to work with 16,000 families or 111,000 over the coming weeks.

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Video: “a disaster of epic proportions”

More than a week on, it’s still difficult to comprehend the sheer scale of the disaster in Pakistan.

The UN has said that “the number of people suffering from the massive floods in Pakistan could exceed the combined total in three recent megadisasters – the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.”

Devastation

This video below gives a glimpse into the devastation caused by the floods. We made this video on Friday. At that point, it was reported that four million people had been affected by the floods. Just one day later, that figure had tripled – going up to 12 million people affected. Now, the figure stands at almost 14 million. 

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Reaching those in need

As the water recedes in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, relief activities have picked up. So far, we’ve helped 18,000 people.

Flood victims in Sukkur, Pakistan REUTERS/AKHTAR SOOMRO Courtesy of alertnet.org
In the past days, 800 families (6,400 people) in Charsadda district have received emergency packages from Concern. These contain:
  • Plastic sheets
  • Jerry cans
  • Blankets
  • Hygiene kits
  • Debris removal kits

Our programme officer, Saima Hafeez, said: “You can’t imagine [the people’s] relief, knowing that finally, someone had come to help them.”

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Floods worse than 2005 earthquake?

Paul O’Brien, Overseas Director of Concern Worldwide, is calling for greater international help with the flooding in Pakistan, saying that the damage and suffering could exceed that caused by the 2005 earthquake.  

Flood victims evacuate their villages in Sukkur. Photo: alertnet.org
Paul said: “This is a humanitarian emergency potentially greater than the earthquake, not in terms of lives lost but certainly in terms of sheer hardship and suffering, damage to vital public infrastructure, and lasting impact on people’s livelihoods. Some 75,000 Pakistanis lost their lives in the earthquake. The casualty figures here will not approach that scale, but the need for assistance is no less critical. A stronger international response is needed to prevent unnecessary suffering.”

Then and now

The 7.6 magnitude earthquake of 2005, with its epicentre in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, destroyed large areas of that province, as well as affecting Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab. Massive international support yielded over $5 billion for the relief effort.

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Floods now affecting 12 million people

The situation in Pakistan is worsening. It is now estimated that 12 million people have been affected by the floods, losing their homes and livelihoods.

A family tries to escape the floods in northwestern Pakistan. Photo: ©IRIN
The unprecedented levels of heavy rain have triggered what is being called the worst flooding on record in Pakistan.

Most vulnerable

Concern is there, reaching the most vulnerable people with the following:

  • Shelter
  • Clean water 
  • Emergency medical assistance 
  • Dry rations of food 
  • Mosquito nets 
  • Basic hygiene and kitchen items

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Fear of more flooding in Pakistan

Concern Worldwide continues to deliver aid in Pakistan. However, there are fears of further flooding over the coming days.

Women wade through flood waters with their children
Mubashir Ahmed, Concern’s Assistant Country Director, said: “In Charsadda district, the flood water has begun to recede from many of the areas, so access has improved and we are providing vital assistance to the worst-affected people. However, fears remain that downstream areas will be flooded over the coming days.”

Emergency supplies

We have already distributed emergency supplies to over 4,000 people. These supplies include hygiene kits with soap, toothbrushes, sanitary towels, candles and detergent as well as blankets and plastic sheeting.

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Coping with destruction

Our team went to the district of Charsadda, in the worst affected province of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, to do an assessment of the damage . We also distributed food and supplies to those in need.

Flood victims in Pakistan. REUTERS/FAISAL MAHMOOD Courtesy of alertnet.org

First to respond 

Of the 500 households which were assessed, 400 received provisions from us, including blankets, hygiene kits, plastic sheets and jerry cans. Given the number in each family, on average about eight, that means we’ve already helped about 3,600 people. 

Concern Worldwide was the first organisation to respond in this area. 

Nothing left

Our team met an 80-year-old man, who was unable to walk. He had lost everything. Mud is commonly used in place of cement when houses are built in Charsadda. So when the floods came, the mud dissolved, the roof collapsed and destroyed everything he owned.

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Video: “flood of the century”

In Pakistan, the emergency is now being known as the “flood of the century.”

According to ITN News, the rains have stopped, but the devastation in parts of the country is widespread. As seen in the video below. 

Pakistan Floods: photos

One of our partners, Integrated Regional Support Programme (IRSP), took these photos in Charsadda, one of the areas worst affected by the floods.

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Our response to Pakistan floods

Severe floods have created havoc in north western Pakistan with an estimated one million people affected.

A man evacuates his children. REUTERS
Concern is responding in the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), which has been the worst affected. We will be targeting 9,000 families by providing the following:
  • Kitchen sets and hygiene kits
  • Clean water
  • Temporary sanitation
  • Dry rations of food, including  flour, oil and sugar

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Welthungerhilfe

Our Alliance2015 partner, the German aid agency, Welthungerhilfe has donated €50,000 to our work in Pakistan.  

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