"When the water came, we didn't have time to take anything with us. Our whole house was flooded. Some people in our village drowned or died because their house collapsed on top of them as the waters rushed through the village. My husband and I saved only our lives. We lost everything else, our livestock, our house, our possessions." I meet Veeru, an elderly lady, during my project visit to Sindh province in the southeast of my home country, Pakistan. More than three months have already passed since the flood took everything from her and millions of other people. Their stories are stories of climate change.Read more
Pakistan is at high risk from climate change and natural disasters. Events such as earthquakes, typhoons, flooding and drought have haunted the country for years, and regularly swept away the foundations on which the lives of hundreds of thousands of families were built.
Internal and external political issues have also left their mark on the country, leading to chronic instability. Anti-Terror operations along the Afghan border have led to years of population displacement and Pakistan is now home to over 2.5 million displaced people, mostly from crisis-ridden Afghanistan. New refugees have been arriving since the Taliban took power in 2021. With large numbers of refugees, the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, difficult economic and political conditions, inflation, and increasingly devastating extreme weather events such as the historic floods in 2022, Pakistani people face many challenges and need assistance.
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Devastating floods in Pakistan
Long-lasting and heavy monsoon rains since June have claimed more than 1,700 lives in large parts of Pakistan to date (as of November 2022). Landslides and flash floods swept away houses, roads and bridges. In many villages, people were cut off from all help. According to the Pakistani government, which has declared a state of emergency, more than 33 million people have been affected by the floods. Millions of people had to leave their homes and are now homeless or living in emergency shelters. They have hardly any access to clean drinking water. Their crops have been destroyed, food is scarce, hunger is looming. The situation remains tense weeks after the disaster, with large parts of southern Pakistan still under water. Standing water is already a breeding ground for infectious diseases. Diarrhea, typhoid, cholera and malaria are spreading and endangering even more lives. The disaster after the disaster is looming. Together with our partner organizations SRSO and H.E.L.P. we are there for the affected people and provide urgently needed help.
This is how we help people in Pakistan after the flood disaster:
Cologne/Islamabad. More than two months after the devastating floods in Pakistan, some parts of Sindh province are still under water. "In Pakistan, we are witnessing what climate change means for people in some parts of the world. The water has covered a third of the country. The people in Pakistan are facing a country in ruins due to the climate catastrophe," says Cordula Wasser, Head of Malteser International's Asia Department.Read more
The situation in the flooded areas, like in the province of Sindh, is devastating. Malteser International therefore supports 60 mobile medical teams of a local partner organization in order to treat sick people on the ground. 250 to 300 patients are receiving free treatment from each team every day. One of them is Mojhan Partab from the village of Niaz Muhammad Kapri. She lost her home and all her savings in the flood.Read more
Islamabad. The floods in Pakistan have left a devastating toll: nearly 1,700 people have died, more than two million homes have been destroyed and more than 20 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN. "We are witnessing the next humanitarian catastrophe," says Cordula Wasser, Head of the Asia Department of Malteser International.Read more
Cologne/Islamabad. After the heavy rains in the past months, more than 33 million people in Pakistan are affected by floods. Malteser International provides 100,000 Euros for first emergency relief measures. "The situation in the flooded areas, like in Sindh province, is devastating. Heavy rains have started in June and now diseases such as cholera threaten to break out. Together with our partner, we are going to send mobile medical teams to the most affected regions to prevent the spread of epidemics. We are also going to distribute tents, medicines and cash to 6,000 particularly vulnerable families in the districts of Sanghar and Mirpur Khas," says Cordula Wasser, Head of the Asia Department of Malteser International.Read more
Your donation supports our work in healthcare and disaster preparedness
In Pakistan, we have been working since the Kashmir earthquake in 2005 to help the population affected by natural disasters and humanitarian crises to cope. Our aid focuses on health, disaster risk reduction, food security and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Since 2014, we have been focusing on various districts of Sindh province as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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Malteser International offices: Islamabad, Peshawar
Project regions: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Sindh Province