Pakistan has been hit by a devastating natural disaster, the worst flooding the region has seen in over 80 years. Over 1,600 people have died, and over 20 million people have been affected by the floods, which started in the northern areas of the country and have worked their way down the Indus river to parts of the Punjab and Sindh provinces. Four million people have been made homeless by the floods. Villages have been swept away, and billions of dollars of wealth, in terms of national infrastructure, homes, livestock and crops have been destroyed. By some estimates, over one fifth of Pakistan’s land area, or 160,000 square kilometers is underwater, an area larger than Italy.
It may take many years to rebuild Pakistan from this unprecedented disaster, but the immediate priority is saving lives in the days, weeks, and months ahead. There is an acute shortage of food, clean water, medicine, and shelter. The risk of waterborne diseases is very high. The first cases of cholera have already been reported. Reaching flood victims has been hampered by the destruction of infrastructure, limited available air transport, and poor weather.
Relief agencies have warned that the impact and aftermath of the Pakistan flooding is worse than the 2004 Asian Tsunami, 2005 Pakistan earthquake, and the Haiti earthquake combined. It is a truly global disaster of untold proportions. During his recent visit to flood-hit areas, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the Pakistan floods “a slow motion catastrophe – one that builds over time,” and urged the world community and people everywhere to HELP NOW.
Below please find more information about the Pakistan Flood Emergency and how you can help. It is not too late to help, and many lives can be saved with your help and generosity.
Below please find useful resources, links and helpful information on how you can help victims of the Pakistan Flood, and support organizations involved with relief efforts.
The following, helpful lists of NGOs involved in the relief have been compiled online and on social media sites such as Facebook. They include local, international, and governmental/multilateral agencies involved in the relief effort:
Information Resources and Lists of Relief Agencies and NGOs active in Pakistan Flood-Hit Areas
International Relief Agencies and NGOs
Pakistan Government Agencies and NGOs
Helpful Resources for Up-to-the Minute Flood News and Developments SHARE
Articles about the Pakistan Floods and the International Response