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Monsoon rains and flooding hit Pakistan

September 2013

More than 1.4 million people have been affected and 178 people have died following heavy monsoon rains and flooding in various areas across Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes as a reported 48,000 homes have either been damaged or completely destroyed.




How we're responding

Christian Aid partners are responding now and will be reaching almost 11,000 people most affected by the floods.

Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan (CWS-P/A), is responding with emergency food relief and will be reaching 360 - mostly women headed - households in Thatta District, Sindh province. Working together with local community members CWS-P/A will ensure over 2,500 people receive rice, wheat flour, pulses, tea, cooking oil, sugar and salt.

Muslim Hands will be reaching 1,200 households - around 8,400 people - in the provinces of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and Punjab, providing people with food, soap, towels and toothpaste and essential first aid and medical assistance.

Crops ruined: no food 

  • Many dairy and poultry farms were simply swept away by the floodwater.'

For many farmers their season’s crops are ruined – with it their vital source of income and the means of feeding their families.

Neill Garvie, Christian Aid’s Emergency Programme Manager for Pakistan said: 'An area of agricultural land roughly the size of Cornwall has been affected and around 10,000 animals have perished. Many dairy and poultry farms were simply swept away by the floodwater.’

Monsoon season

The monsoon rains are a regular seasonal occurrence in Pakistan, and usually last from July to September.

Neill said: 'The increased intensity of recent rains has wreaked havoc. There is huge concern right across the country and particularly for communities in the lower-lying areas of Sindh province, where floodwater takes much longer to disperse and many people are still rebuilding their lives following the devastating floods in 2010

‘Working with strong partner organisations Christian Aid will help some of the worst affected families to recover.’

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