Flooding in Pakistan: Update on Plan's response
The flooding began in northern Pakistan in late July, with the onset of the monsoon rains. But the rains did not stop. Instead, they continued across the country, breaching dams and flooding rivers until 20% of Pakistan was submerged in water, in the worst flooding the country has ever seen.
The number of people affected by the floods is a staggering 20.2 million – an eighth of the population of Pakistan – in 78 districts across the country. According to the United Nations, as many as 10 million of them are children.
Plan in Pakistan
Plan has been working in Pakistan since 1997, and was working on Disaster Risk Reduction in Punjab and Sindh when the crisis hit. With the help of our donors, Plan was able to help more than a quarter of a million people affected by the floods in the six most affected districts of Sindh and South Punjab.
Working with local partners, Plan handed out tents and tarpaulins. We distributed food – including cooked meals – and clean drinking water. We provided health and hygiene kits and set up water and sanitation programs. We created child-friendly spaces and ran educational programs on child protection, first aid and sanitation. Even as the floods receded, they revealed so much more work to be done. Thanks to our supporters, Plan Pakistan will continue to help those affected rebuild their homes and livelihoods.
Our relief activities in the aftermath of the flooding include:
Plan distributed 6,400 tarpaulins and shelter kits immediately following the crisis and distributed 2,100 mosquito nets.
Punjab – known as the bread basket of Pakistan – was devastated in the floods. At the height of the crisis, Plan was providing more than a quarter of a million people two nutritious hot meals a day. Many were children whose families had lost what little assets they had, including food crops and livestock. We distributed dry food to 18,000 families and gave high energy biscuits to children in more than 10,000 families.
Whenever large numbers of people are displaced by crisis, children are at increased risk of abuse, violence and neglect. That is why Plan is working to keep children at the top of our relief agenda.
In Punjab and Sindh provinces, we developed and displayed banners to raise awareness about child protection issues. We created 35 child-friendly spaces where children in the camps could come and learn, play, eat, and feel safe. And we trained caregivers on child protection in emergencies and on disaster risk management.
Water and sanitation
With thousands of wells, rivers and other water sources contaminated by floodwater, many of the displaced were at risk of diarrhea, cholera, malaria, dengue and respiratory infections. Plan Pakistan installed hand pumps and set up water tanks, providing safe, clean water to almost 4,000 families.
Plan also distributed hygiene kits to over 5,300 families that included soap, toothpaste and sanitary supplies. In all districts, special focus was given to the unique needs of women and girls. Separate latrines were installed for women and girls, who also received their own hygiene education sessions.
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