Devastating floods in Pakistan

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In the summer of 2010, Pakistan experienced one of the worst monsoon seasons in its history. Heavy rains left one-fifth of the country submerged in water and approximately 20 million people were affected by this natural disaster.

Development and Peace launched an appeal to support relief efforts. Canadians generously contributed close to $4 million for aid, allowing Development and Peace to put in place a three-year relief, recovery and reconstruction program that has helped thousand of Pakistanis rebuild their lives and communities.

 To learn more about the projects supported through this program, please read our End-of-Program Report.

Our response

Latest update : January 13th, 2014

Development and Peace has a long history of responding to emergencies in Pakistan, including providing aid in the aftermath of an earthquake in 2005 and taking action in 2009 when more than two million people were displaced by conflict in the country's northern region, and immediately mobilized to respond to this crisis.

From the outset of the crisis, development and peace   appealed to its members, its donors and the Canadian public for solidarity. The public response was swift, enabling Development and Peace to raise $3,894,000.

In addition to donations from the public, the organization was able to secure $1,254,000 from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) for a food aid project and $2 million in funding from the International Humanitarian Assistance (IHA) program of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for a project to improve livelihoods. In total, Development and Peace raised $7,148,000 to respond to the floods.

Development and Peace supported emergency action being carried out by Caritas Pakistan, Trocaire, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Caritas Switzerland, and the Afghan Women's Resource Center (AWRC).  All of these partners are present and active in the country and all have a great deal of expertise in emergency situations.

Our partners' actions took place in the provinces of Punjab, Baluchistan and Sindh. The main activities carried out were:

  • Distributing food and water;
  • Providing access to shelters and sanitary facilities;
  • Rebuilding infrastructure (schools, roads, bridges and irrigation canals);
  • Helping the population restart livelihood activities and agriculture;
  • Providing access to health care, including emergency interventions and vaccines against water-borne infectious diseases.

In total, an estimated 100,000 people were helped through our response to this natural disaster.

Our relief and reconstruction program in the country is now complete. For more information about our response, you can read our end-of-program report.

The situation

Latest update : January 13th, 2014

In July and August of 2010, Pakistan experienced its most devastating floods since 1929. Heavy rainfall, flash flooding and overflowing rivers devastated large parts of the country, particularly the provinces  of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan, all located in the Indus river basin.

According to estimates, more than 21 million people were affected and 8 million homes were damaged or destroyed. Violent flash floods also swept away bridges, schools, water distribution systems and medical facilities. Nearly one-fifth of the country’s agricultural land was submerged, destroying millions of hectares of farmland, as well as decimating livestock.

In addition, subsequent flooding in the summers of 2011 and 2012 placed additional pressure on communities trying to recover from this disaster.

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January 7, 2014

In the summer of 2010, Pakistan experienced one of the worst monsoon seasons in its history. Heavy rains left one-fifth of the country submerged in water and approximately 20 million people were affected by this natural disaster.

October 28, 2010

Development and Peace with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is helping to address this issue with a program that will provide emergency agricultural assistance to 6,800 families (55,000 people) in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.

October 13, 2010

Development and Peace would like to thank all of its donors for contributing $3 million to the organization to bring humanitarian aid to flood-victims in Pakistan.