Deadly flooding in Pakistan has engulfed swaths of the country and affected millions of people. Learn more about the Pakistan flood impacts and how to help survivors through community-led relief efforts.
1. This is the worst flooding in Pakistan’s recent history.
Since June, the heaviest rainfall in living memory and melting glaciers in northern Pakistan led to catastrophic flooding that has killed nearly 1,500 people and affected 33 million—more than the population of Texas or Australia.
Source: CNN + Reuters
2. One-third of Pakistan is under water.
Pakistan’s climate change minister Sherry Rehman described the unprecedented monsoon rains and flooding as a “climate catastrophe.” In the hard-hit Sindh and Balochistan provinces, rainfall has been 500% above average. The resulting flooding has inundated communities and farmland and wiped out buildings and crops. In some places, stagnant floodwaters could take two to six months to recede. Nearly half a million people need to stay in temporary shelters.
Source: CNN + NPR + Bloomberg
3. Flood survivors are facing an outbreak of waterborne diseases.
Cases of skin and eye infections, diarrhea, malaria, typhoid, and dengue fever are widespread. Children are especially at risk of diseases due to the flooding, and UNICEF said more than 3 million children need humanitarian assistance.
Source: NBC News + Reuters
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4. The flooding is a climate-induced disaster.
The Global Climate Risk Index ranks Pakistan eighth in the world in terms of vulnerability to the climate crisis. But Pakistan is responsible for less than 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
5. GlobalGiving partners are already on the ground helping survivors access food, shelter, and other emergency services.
GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response Team is working with responding partners to meet the immediate needs of Pakistan flood survivors and first responders. Once urgent needs are met, the GlobalGiving Pakistan Flood Relief Fund will transition to support community-led, long-term recovery efforts as needed.
Source: GlobalGiving Pakistan Flood Relief Fund
6. Cash is the best way to help people in need during a natural disaster like the Pakistan floods.
Why? Survivors’ needs vary greatly throughout the life cycle of recovery. Some will require financial support, medical care, and psychological assistance years down the road. You can learn more about the importance of cash donations in this infographic.
Source: GlobalGiving + USAID Center for International Disaster Information
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Featured Photo: Flood 2022-Pakistan Needs Support by Pak Mission Society
Note: This article was originally published on Sept. 2, 2022 at 9:21 a.m. and updated on Oct. 3, 2022 at 12:36 p.m.