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Pakistan floods: three years on

July 2013

Three years have now passed since the monsoon rains in Pakistan turned into devastating floods – the worst in living memory. Two thousand people died and 20 million lives were disrupted.

Christian Aid supporters responded with incredible generosity to our Pakistan Floods appeal in 2010. In total, more than £5.6 million was available for the programme.

We spent £2 million responding to the immediate needs of communities affected by the floods. The remainder has gone towards long-term recovery and rebuilding work.

Working with partners, Muslim Hands and ACT Alliance partners, Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan, Norwegian Church Aid and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, we have been able to reach over 200,000 people in our response.

We continue to support flood-affected families, standing alongside them as they rebuild their homes and lives.

Our response

  • 120,000 people received food and replacement household items such as cooking equipment, blankets and mosquito nets. 25,000 people also received emergency shelter such as winterised tents or shelter kits, in the immediate months after the floods.
  • 1,000 families have received new permanent homes.
  • More than 115,000 people have received healthcare, through mobile and static health units. This has included curative and preventative medical treatments, ante and pre-natal care and immunisations against diseases. In addition, at least 1,900 sessions have been held in communities to promote improved health and hygiene practices.
  • More than 2,000 families have received livestock such as goats or cows, or poultry and training is given on livestock rearing. Livestock and poultry are also checked and vaccinated by vets. In some cases, livestock sheds and fodder have been provided to the families too.
  • Training has been given to more than 1,000 men and women on masonry, carpentry, welding, sewing, kitchen gardening and small business development.
  • More than 90,000 people have benefitted from support to help them rebuild their livelihoods. This includes vouchers to purchase agricultural items like seeds, tools and fertiliser, or cash grants to set up or re-establish small businesses or shops.
  • 5,000 people have been trained in the community to be better prepared for future emergencies and to identify local risks.
  • Hand pumps to provide clean water have been installed in 35 villages and 580 families have received water filter systems for their homes.

Without the support of the individuals and churches who gave so generously to the Pakistan floods emergency appeal, this work would not have happened.

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