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Sep 24, 2010

Pakistan Floods Fact Sheet

In the aftermath of the devastating floods, Oxfam and our partners have launched a rapid-relief effort to reach more than one million people with essential aid.

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Sep 24, 2010

The children of the floods

The flow of bad news out of Pakistan is unrelenting: more than 20 million people have been affected by the flood disaster, more than eight million acres of crops have been lost, nearly two million homes have been damaged or destroyed, and more than 600,000 people have contracted a dangerous form of diarrhea.

Yet, when Oxfam’s Mubashar Hasan visited children in a camp in Nowshera, what struck him was their resilience.

“I spent around an hour and half in this camp discovering how the children were passing their time,” wrote Hasan in a recent blog. “Like children everywhere, they were playing. Blowing bubbles and playing noughts and crosses [tic tac toe].”

The heat is scorching and the flies are bad, but the children here are experts at making the best of things, and Hasan was greeted with smiles.

“It requires a lot of courage to smile when there is little or no food to eat, no home to live in, very little clean water to drink, no bed to sleep in, and no air conditioning or fan to cool down the burning temperature,” writes Hasan.

Courage is what the children of Pakistan’s floods have in abundance. That, and a sense of play.

A fourth grader named Rejagul introduced himself. His school is closed - one of more than 8,000 damaged or destroyed by the floods, and he lives in a settlement near a camp where Oxfam is providing clean drinking water. How does he spend his time?

“We run in this camp. We jump into the muddy water. We love to play cricket every day.”

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Sep 16, 2010

An update on Oxfam's work

The latest estimates indicate that 21 million people have been affected by the floods, which have swept away or damaged 1.8 million houses. Rushing water has also destroyed roads, bridges, and supplies of food and clean water. The death toll is now thought to be 1,752 people, and more than 2,000 have been reported injured.

Oxfam and our partners have so far

provided safe evacuation to 240,000 people, using local search and rescue boats; provided emergency shelter materials to more than 70,000 people; provided clean water to nearly 745,000 people displaced by the floods; distributed hygiene supplies like soap to nearly 470,000 people; provided more than 85,000 people with cash vouchers to purchase food and household items; provided more than 7,500 people with cash payments in exchange for community-service work; and provided cooked meals for thousands of people living in camps.