WHAT IS THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN PAKISTAN?
A third of Pakistan is underwater. Since mid-June, heavy monsoon rains and floods have hit Pakistan hard, with rainfall up to 3 times higher than the 30-year average in the country. Whole villages have been washed away – displacing millions – while critical infrastructure has been destroyed, including houses, roads, bridges and schools. At least 33 million people have been affected by the climate disaster, and over 1, 400 people – a third of them children – have been killed since June.
Families are homeless, without access to safe drinking water, food and medical services. Others have been stranded due to roads and bridges being destroyed, delaying the delivery of life-saving aid to them. Families are without shelter, out in the open with their young children, under relentless rains and exposed to harsh conditions, including preventable waterborne diseases like cholera.
More than 6.4 million people – including an estimated 3.4 million children – need urgent humanitarian assistance right now.
This current climate emergency is on top of the hardships that children and their families in Pakistan were already facing :
- 1.4 million people, mainly children, require preventive and curative life-saving nutrition interventions
- 22,000 schools have been damaged, putting children’s education at risk
- 755,000 livestock have been killed and 48.5 square kilometers have been affected, devastating families livelihoods and primary – or only – sources of income
The consequences of the floods are devastating and life-changing for the most vulnerable populations, especially children. We must provide life-saving assistance as quickly as possible. Please Donate Now.
HOW IS UNICEF RESPONDING TO THE CRISIS IN PAKISTAN?
UNICEF is working with Government and non-government partners to respond to the urgent needs of children and families in affected areas.
Using pre-positioned supplies, UNICEF has already delivered immediate emergency services and supplies. As of September 2022, 85,000 people have been reached with safe drinking water and over 14,000 people have been reached with hygiene kits.
Fifty mobile health clinics have been set up to provide emergency treatment for illness, immunizations to prevent epidemics and care to pregnant woman. We are also treating malnutrition among children with therapeutic food supplements and supplies.
As the situation continues to develop, we are focused on expanding and accelerating our response.
But the very future of Pakistan’s children – and their right to a childhood – is at stake, and we need your help.
HOW YOUR DONATION WILL HELP PAKISTAN
Your donation to the Pakistan Emergency Fund today will help rush urgent aid to children and families impacted by the devastating floods, providing :
- Safe drinking water
- Life-saving medical supplies, medicines and vaccines
- Sanitation supplies, including hygiene kits for children and their families
- Temporary learning centres
- Support for the protection and psychosocial well-being of children affected
"When disasters hit, children are always among the most vulnerable. These floods have already taken a devastating toll on children and families, and the situation could become even worse. We need urgent support to help children grappling for survival."
UNICEF Pakistan Representative, Abdullah Fadil