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The Worst Climate Disaster in a Decade

Over 33 million people have been affected by devastating floods in Pakistan, the worst climate disaster to hit the country in a decade. More than one million people have lost their homes and are in immediate need of food and water. Over 1,000 people have been killed, and nearly 13,000 have been injured.

The floods have only exacerbated the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country. Millions of acres of crops have been overtaken by flood waters, ruining the harvest season and decimating food supplies, and vital infrastructure including roads and bridges have been damaged, making it difficult for people to flee as well as receive aid.

“People here are bearing the brunt of global climate change. Pakistan produces less than 1% of the world’s carbon footprint, but its people are suffering the biggest consequences. These are the worst floods that Pakistan has ever experienced and the scale of the devastation here is unimaginable.” – Waseem Ahmad, Islamic Relief Worldwide CEO

Damages are rising unimaginably as reports come in. The Islamic Relief global family is working together to help survivors of the disaster and ensure long-term support. So far, Islamic Relief has helped over 52,000 people with immediate needs including food, water, hygiene kits, emergency shelter, and cash assistance. Trained rescue teams have also evacuated more than 1,000 people directly from the floods.

In the coming year, Islamic Relief plans to help rebuild Pakistan through the following:

  • Reconstructing damaged homes and infrastructure
  • Helping farmers and pastoralists build sustainable livelihoods and revitalize the agricultural sector
  • Helping prevent gender-based violence in temporary living shelters through establishing safe spaces for women and children including referral pathways and gender-appropriate sanitation facilities
  • Counseling and psychosocial support to address the psychological impact of the floods

We will also continue to support the country through food aid and cash assistance. Join us and donate now to help our brothers and sisters in Pakistan in their time of need.

Focus on Pakistan

Pakistan has the fifth largest population in the world. The country is sorely affected by political and economic volatility as well as natural disasters caused by climate change, both of which have led to food insecurity and chronic poverty. Marginalized groups, especially children, lack proper access to essential services. And Covid-19 has only exacerbated the situation.

On top of that, temperatures have been rising across the country since mid-March and heatwaves have resulted in drought-like conditions (ironically, flooding, like that of this current emergency, is common in areas that suffer from drought because the ground cannot absorb the rain fast enough, causing the rain to run over). In certain parts of the country, agriculture is a main source of income. Without access to water, the livestock suffer and people’s livelihoods are at risk. Islamic Relief has implemented responses to help families affected, and these include access to water; the provision of drought resilient crops and animal fodder for livestock; and health interventions regarding nutrition.

Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Pakistan

Islamic Relief has served in Pakistan since 1992, and continues to provide humanitarian and development assistance in the country today.

A few of our interventions include:

  • Food aid
  • Access to clean and safe water
  • Healthcare for blindness and Hepatitis C, as well as neonatal and pediatric care
  • Emergency response for the effects of climate change including drought and floods, as well as Covid-19
  • Building sustainable livelihoods including innovative microfinancing plans to help low-income families start businesses
  • Widow empowerment

We Need YOUR Help

Thanks to you, we’ve been able to accomplish so much. But there’s still so much more to do. By continuing to support our efforts in Pakistan, you can help make a difference in the lives of those in desperate need.

 


PLEASE NOTE: Donations made to IRUSA’s Pakistan fund may serve urgent or long-term programs in Pakistan or for refugees from Pakistan living in other countries.
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