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2010 Pakistan Floods

In August 2010, Pakistan was hit by the worst flooding in its history when monsoon rains swept away homes, bridges, and roads, leaving millions displaced. With infrastructure destroyed in so many areas, people were forced to drink contaminated floodwater and subsist without adequate sanitation services. In the aftermath of the floods, Action Against Hunger’s emergency teams rushed to control the risk deadly water-borne illnesses like cholera by providing over 290,000 people affected by the floods with access to clean water and emergency hygiene.

Since the floods, Action Against Hunger has played a crucial role in the country’s recovery, providing a range of post-emergency services for some 670,000 individuals struggling to recover from last year’s traumatic floods. ACF’s teams are currently providing a range of nutrition, water, sanitation & hygiene, and longer-term food security & livelihoods programs in the Sindh and KPK Provinces, including activities in Lower Dir, Charsadda, Nowshera, Dadu, and Thatta Districts.

In Pakistan, Empowering Mothers to Treat Malnutrition at Home

Stepping up onto the porch of a one-room house, I was met with the wide, dark, and curious eyes of a little girl sitting on her mother’s lap. Hardly two years old, Saima seemed healthy enough as she wriggled in mom’s arms. But the staff of our Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP)—our community outreach nutrition program—explained to me that even though she weighs in at 9.2 kilograms now, she was a mere 2.7 kilograms when Fatima brought her to the OTP site for lifesaving care.

In Pakistan, Either Too Much Water, or Too Little

As a Seattle native, I wasn’t expecting that the drive to Action Against Hunger’s base in Thatta, southern Pakistan would remind me of home. But feeling the spring heat wash over me as I stepped off the plane in Karachi and seeing the flat, dry expanse once we escaped the city instantly recalled memories of summer in eastern Washington. Here and there, the arid scrubland gave way to a farming plot or a herd of cattle. Dusty browns and greens stretched to the horizon, speckled with the yellow blooms of sunflowers.

The Alavi Foundation Joins Action Against Hunger for Pakistan Recovery Efforts

NEW YORK, NY—Six months after monsoon rains washed over Pakistan, wiping out roads, bridges, and other vital infrastructure, millions still lack access to clean water and sanitation, leaving them at serious risk of contracting deadly water-borne illnesses like cholera and dysentery.

Humanitarian Emergency in Pakistan

Last month Pakistan was hit by the worst flooding in its history, affecting an estimated 20 million people. Here we present a conversation with Action Against Hunger's Emergency Field Coordinator based in Pakistan.

ACF Provides Clean Water & Sanitation in Flood-Affected Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN—In spite of serious logistical challenges in reaching flood survivors in hard-hit areas of Pakistan, Action Against Hunger | ACF-International has launched emergency programs to stem outbreaks of deadly water-borne illnesses and help families who have lost everything. These programs target 52,500 people particularly affected by torrential rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces.

Unprecedented Floods Affect 20 Million in Pakistan

Pakistan has been hit by the worst flooding in its history, with an estimated 20 million people affected. Monsoons have swept away homes, bridges, and roads, leaving millions displaced and in need of immediate assistance.

“The situation is truly catastrophic,” says Nan Dale, Executive Director of Action Against Hunger’s U.S. headquarters. “Survivors are in desperate need of clean water and sanitation, so our focus is on these areas. We’ll also be helping families whose lives have been turned upside down recover their livelihoods.”

Pakistan’s Humanitarian Forum Calls For Urgent International Support

Having described the floods as the most debilitating natural disaster in the country’s history, Pakistan’s government has requested international support. The government has suspended expenditures from its already meager development budget, and shifted its limited resources to the relief effort.

Emergency Unfolds as Flooding Devastates Northern Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN—With the most severe flooding on record in over 80 years, northern Pakistan is reeling from a natural disaster of significant scale and scope. As estimates of the dead and displaced rise steadily since the flooding began—and with more monsoon rains on the way—the global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger | ACF International is rushing to assess where best to deploy its emergency water and sanitation programs to help stem the outbreak of disease and water-borne illnesses.

About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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