Pakistan Flood Emergency
Every year, numerous cities across Pakistan struggle to cope with the annual monsoon floods, drawing criticism about poor urban/city planning.
This year, the country’s heavy torrential rains have killed over 100 people and damaged thousands of homes across the country.
The Sindh and Balochistan provinces have been hit the hardest, and both governments have declared an emergency in their provinces as the impact of the floods has worsened.
In Balochistan, torrential rains have continued to pour in nine districts: Nasirabad, Jaffarabad, Sibi, Jhal Magsi, Khuzdar, Kalat, Mastung, Hub, Bela, Harnai, Zhob, Ziarat, Dera Bugti and Kohlu.
More than 15 people have lost their lives, seven are severely injured, and 900 homes are completely damaged. Roads are blocked due to rain-induced landsliding and flooding. Hundreds of mud houses are washed away, cattle have been swept, and thousands of individuals are missing due to heavy hill torrents in villages.
In Sindh, the heavy rain has caused flooding in seven districts: Karachi, Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazir Abad, Sakrand, Tando Jam, Dadu and Thatta. Throughout the span of just a few days, both the streets and homes in Karachi have been flooded with sewage water. The city’s outdated drainage and waste systems have been overwhelmed.
Nearly 35 people have lost their lives, nine are severely injured, and 25 homes are damaged. Thousands of bikes and cars parked on streets are now damaged as a result of the landslide.
The monsoon rains are posing a unique challenge to the people of Pakistan as authorities are simultaneously working towards slowing the spread of COVID-19, which has caused more than 6,000 deaths since February.
As a leading humanitarian emergency responder, Muslim Aid Pakistan has declared Orange Level-II Emergency to respond within 72 hours.
Our on-the-ground emergency response teams are assessing the situation and have begun to coordinate with partner organizations and disaster management authorities. With the generous support of the Pakistani diaspora in both the USA and the UK, we are planning to distribute Emergency Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFIs) in the most affected communities of Karachi.