People Lose Their Livelihoods To Floods Yet Again
More than 1,700 people have died in Pakistan following torrential rain. Many schools, homes, farms and roads have simply been swept away by the masses of water since the beginning of the floods in July 2022. Several million people have been displaced and lost their livelihoods. The water started to recede slowly at the end of September 2022. But it has destroyed not only infrastructure, but crops as well. A large number of livestock have been killed and farmland has been severely damaged. Due to stagnant water and the destruction of sanitary installations, infectious diseases like cholera and malaria are rampant. The floods could have devastating consequences for the food security in the country.
Around 33 million people have been affected by the heavy rainfall and its impacts. The flooding, flash floods and landslides were caused by above-average monsoon rainfall in Pakistan within a very short period of time. Pakistan is one of the ten countries in the world most affected by climate change. Extreme weather events occur time and again.
Welthungerhilfe together with its local partner organizations is carrying out emergency relief measures in the provinces of Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. For example, affected people receive essential items such as mosquito nets, buckets with drinking water filters, kitchen utensils, jerry cans, solar lamps and hygiene items. We are also providing food kits and food vouchers. People who currently have to live on the streets receive plastic mats, tarpaulins and bamboo canes which they can use to build emergency shelters. Welthungerhilfe and its partners are also helping with the dewatering of cities and by supporting agriculture with seeds and tools.