Since early August, Southern Pakistan has faced heavy rainfall due to the monsoon season which runs from July to September. There is damaged infrastructure across the Sindh province leaving hundreds of houses destroyed, along with a lack of food and clean drinking water.
Streets and homes were flooded with sewage water in Karachi on Tuesday, where the city’s outdated drainage and waste systems were overwhelmed by another spell of heavy rain.
Karachi, the largest city in the country with more than 23 million residents, is the biggest victim of urban flooding. Meteorological officials said downpours in August have shattered 89-year-old records for the city of Karachi, with some 484 millimeters (19 inches) of rain in the month of August.
Flooding has been present in not only Karachi but the majority of the Southern Districts of Sindh province, including Dadu, Hyderabad, Thatha, Badin, Umerkot and Tharparkar.
The relentless floods in the Sindh province of Pakistan have killed dozens of people and caused thousands of families to evacuate their damaged homes according to The Guardian. Rural as well as urban settings have been affected by the floods.
Major roads and infrastructure across the city were flooded under several feet of water, with residents unable to reach hospitals and rescue workers deployed to attempt to save those whose homes had been destroyed.
As water levels rose, the city's electricity utility company shut down power to large parts of the city to protect citizens from electrocution from malfunctioning wires.
There is major concern over the loss of food stock and clean drinking water. This will lead to malnutrition and cause waterborne diseases to spread rampantly unless action is taken quickly.
History of Floods in Pakistan:
According to the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) report in 2013, Pakistan has witnessed 20 major floods from 1950 to 2012, affecting the lives of and economy of the Pakistani people.
These devastating floods have stolen 11,239 lives and affected 180,234 villages with the first flood in 1950 being the deadliest according to the Tribune.
For example, the floods of 2010 from late July to August led to a humanitarian disaster considered to be one of the worst in Pakistan's history. The floods affected about 20 million people. Homes, crops, and infrastructure were all left destroyed and left millions vulnerable to malnutrition and waterborne diseases according to Britannica.
The damage caused by floods always has a long-lasting effect on Pakistan.
$1.3 billion was donated through international aid from other countries, humanitarian organizations, and individual donors.
What we're doing:
Our team is on the ground and responding by providing immediate aid for those who have lost their homes. We are providing hot meals, safe drinking water, and food packs for affected families. Some of the items in the food pack include items such as flour, rice, sugar, lentils, and more.
Through our local office Penny Appeal Pakistan and our partner, Fast Rural Development Program (FRDP), we have already distributed hot meals, water via tanks, and food packs.
Immediate planned activities:
1. Providing daily hot meals benefiting about 500 individuals for at least 10 days
2. Providing safe drinking water (10,000 liters of water for at least 10 days)
3. Providing 1,000 20-liter Jerry cans for water collection (two per family)
Long-term planned relief and recovery activities:
1. Provision of basic health facilities
2. Latrine construction for affected families
3. Rehabilitation of damaged shelters of affected families, ground water tanks, and water supply schemes/sources
How you can help:
The situation in Pakistan is extremely dire and in need of our full attention. There are lots of ways you can help, none are too small.
You can donate food packs and water packs on our website right now.
If you're unable to donate, you can always volunteer, share information, and spread awareness so that others can help as well.
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