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More than 6.8 million affected by flooding in Pakistan

Plan aid is reaching thousands of families in flood-hit Pakistan.
Plan aid is reaching thousands of families in flood-hit Pakistan.
September 26, 2011

Plan continues to help children and families caught up in the floods that are now affecting more than 6,800,000 people across southern Pakistan.

Our teams have set up a camp for 2,000 people displaced by floods in Badin district and have begun providing safe water and child protection to over 22,000 people in surrounding communities.

 

Child abuse risk

“Our biggest concern now is for thousands of children who are living in temporary camps by the side of the road. Clean water is scarce and there is a real risk diseases will spread. Children, especially girls are extremely vulnerable to abuse in these crowded camps and parents need help to ensure their children are protected,” said Plan Pakistan Country Director Haider Yaqub.

In Badin district alone, half a million families have lost their houses, animals and belongings. This district has seen 810mm of rain in the last months compared to the normal trend of 30-40mm per year. Preventing disease

“While the normal monsoon season is now over, the flood water is expected to remain for months to come making the prevention of water-borne diseases a top priority, especially for children under 5. Our teams are distributing hygiene kits, installing latrines and providing mosquito nets to families in Badin,” said Haider.

 

Experience aids response

Last year, 7,500,000 people in Sindh province were affected by devastating floods.

“Our experience of responding to the mammoth floods last year has helped us to respond quickly to the needs of those displaced and affected by floods. However, we are all worried that we will see a repeat of last year’s devastation just as some communities were beginning to return to normal,” said Haider.

Learn about Plan’s response to the 2010 Pakistan floods.

Donate to Plan’s Disaster Relief and Recovery programs.

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