Pakistan floods 2010

Photo: Timothy Allen

Following the devastating 2010 floods, Oxfam helped over 2.4 million people recover. But with fresh flooding in September 2011, families now face the renewed threat to their lives and livelihoods.

The situation

The worst floods in living memory hit Pakistan in 2010, inundating about one-fifth of the country, destroying 1.6 million homes and affecting 20 million people. One year on, Oxfam has provided support to over 2.4 million people with humanitarian aid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Azad Jammu Kashmir.

Hundreds of thousands of people, however, are still in need of help. Around 37,000 people affected by the floods are still living in camps in Sindh alone. More than 800,000 families are without proper homes and more than a million people still need food.

Many flood defences, such as river embankments, were destroyed in last year’s floods and have not yet been properly repaired, increasing the likelihood of breaches in future floods. As Pakistan faces another monsoon season and the likelihood of more disasters, Oxfam's latest report show the country is not prepared.

Oxfam's response

Oxfam is reaching over 1 million people with clean water. Photo: Scott Hornby/Oxfam
Oxfam has provided over 1.6 million people with clean water.

Oxfam reached over 2.4 million people with humanitarian aid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Azad Jammu Kashmir. We've provided safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, as well as tents and cash grants. We've also been running cash-for-work programmes, where people in need of help are paid to carry out vital rebuilding and rehabilitation work.

  • Oxfam has provided 1.6 million people with clean water through installing water tanks, repairing wells and water pipes, and trucking water to communities with no safe water supply.
  • We have reached more than 1.4 million people with our hygiene kits and health promotion work.
  • Over 600,000 people have benefited from our food security and livelihoods support, which includes helping people start replanting land, providing funds and training to revitalise small businesses, and distributing emergency food rations.
  • We have provided shelter for 232,000 people.
  • In the initial phase of the aid effort, we helped safely evacuate more than 240,900 people trapped by the floods.
  • Read our one year on report: Pakistan Floods Progress Report July 2010-11 (PDF)
  • In the Shikapur district of Sindh, through local NGO partner PDI (Participatory Development Initiative), Oxfam had identified 92 villages to work in. Together we installed 244 emergency latrines, at a cost of just 2,000 rupees each (NZ$30). They also distributed winter kits to 6,200 families in the 92 villages. Take a look at the construction of one of these latrines in timelapse.


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Islamabad: Six months after floods devastated Sindh and parts of Balochistan province, millions of Pakistanis still need help to survive, international and national aid agencies warned today. A coalition of agencies also said that a lacklustre response from the international funders is seriously threatening flood hit communities' chances of coping with the next monsoon season and called on the Pakistani government to boost its efforts to limit the impact of future disasters.

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