Pakistan floods

Oxfam is working to help people hit by a second year of flooding in Pakistan which is affecting over 9.7 million people

November 30, 2011

Flooding in Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan is affecting over 9.7 million people. This is the second year of flooding in the regions, hitting many people affected by last year's floods.

Oxfam has mounted an emergency response and Oxfam Canada has launched a public appeal to help our efforts. Donations to Oxfam Canada's appeal for the Pakistan floods fund will help tens of thousands of people through search and rescue, sanitation and clean water programs.  

Sarah Ireland, Regional Director of Oxfam Great Britain, Asia delivers a message at the six month mark of the 2011 flood in Pakistan

Crisis in brief

  • More than nine million people are affected. The human impact of this disaster is more than the combined impact of the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan earthquake of 2005
  • 22 out of 23 districts in Sindh and 9 districts in Balochistan have been affected
  • An area of at least 6.7 million acres (nearly as large as Haiti) ravaged by floods
  • Over 2.2 million acres of crops lost
  • According to the UN’s rapid assessment, the floods have wiped out 73% of standing crops, 36% of livestock and 67% of food stocks in the 13 worst affected districts of Sindh
  • Approximately 1.5 m homes have been destroyed or damaged; approximately 1.8 million people are displaced
  • According to Sindh’s agriculture ministry the financial cost of crop losses is estimated at $1.87 billion. Livestock loss is being estimated at $26.2 million
  • 57% of the population is living in spontaneous settlements along roadsides and open air.
  • Approximately 11,906 schools attended by more than one million children have been affected-  either used as shelter (2,674 in Sindh) or damaged (9,232 schools) in Sindh (8,820), Baluchistan (297) and Punjab (115), impeding the resumption of teaching and learning activities
  • The Government of Pakistan has requested support of the international humanitarian community  

100 Days On - Read the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum briefing note


Women and children are the hardest hit

According to the UN Population Fund, at least 240,000 women in the flood affected areas are pregnant, and everyday close to 400 women go into labor. At least 60 have life-threatening pregnancy complications. Their immunity against diseases has eroded drastically, and, women who are already anemic are now more prone to diseases and pregnancy complications. As the rains continue to fall and stagnant waters become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, people are more vulnerable to diseases. According to one estimate, over one million children are at severe risk of contracting flood-related diseases.

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Long-term solutions required

While mounting a response to this immediate disaster, Oxfam is also looking to long-term solutions. Pakistan is a disaster-prone country. But while floods and earthquakes are inevitable, widespread devastation is not. We are encouraging governments and donors to support measures to reduce the impact of disasters through disaster risk reduction measures such as early warning systems, contingency planning, flood control and more resilient housing. Oxfam runs disaster risk reduction programs in South Punjab, parts of Sindh, Kashmir, and Balochistan.


Oxfam is making a difference

The 2010 floods were the worst in the country's history, affecting 20 million people.  Oxfam responded by mounting its biggest-ever worldwide humanitarian response. In the past year, Oxfam and its partners have helped 2.4 million people through emergency search and rescue, clean water and sanitation, shelter, cash grants and cash for work schemes.


Oxfam Program Summary

  • Oxfam is now reaching over 537,000 people in Pakistan 
  • More than 271,00 people are receiving water from Oxfam
  • Sanitation facilities are benefitting more than 30,000 people
  • We’ve reached more than 110,600 people with hygiene kits
  • Reached over 49,000 people through hygiene sessions
  • We have provided kitchen kits to more than 37,000 people
  • Our search and rescue has assisted more than 58,000 people


Your support today will help that work continue.