(updated January 3, 2011)
For the millions affected by massive floods in Pakistan, the need for rapid humanitarian assistance is overwhelming and remains urgent. Unprecedented levels of heavy rain that began in late July triggered the nation's worst flooding on record: over the course of 40 days, the situation became a "mega-disaster," with an estimated 18.6 million people affected, and approximately 6 million in immediate need of food assistance to date.
More than four months on, millions of people in Pakistan are still living without the most basic necessities because their homes and livelihoods have been washed away or damaged by the floods.
Concern has significantly increased its emergency response, and is targeting 819,216 people with both immediate and longer-term assistance, directly providing food, clean water, hygiene kits, shelter materials and other basic necessities, and setting up mobile medical clinics to treat and prevent the spread of disease. We are also working with and through local partner organizations to support livelihoods, health, water and sanitation, and to provide shelter materials.
The United Nations and its humanitarian partners, working alongside the Government of Pakistan, have already reached millions of affected people with lifesaving assistance and are working to assist many millions more through recovery activities. Organizations responding to the crisis requested nearly US$1.94 billion to cover humanitarian and recovery activities. As of December 2010, $958 million had been received - 49 percent of what is needed.
Concern is responding in the four worst-affected provinces of Pakistan: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab, and Baluchistan. Our emergency response and long-term recovery efforts focus on the following key areas:
- Food Security and Agriculture: Concern is working with local partners to rebuild the livelihoods of flood-affected people by providing employment and other opportunities to earn income and restoring their access to essential services through revitalization of basic infrastrucutre.
- Transitional Shelter: Concern is working to provide transitional shelter to people whose houses were destroyed in Sindh, Punjab, and Baluchistan.
- Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene: We are working with partners to meet the water and sanitation needs of flood-affected communities in four provinces. We are also reconstructing wells and latrines in communities.
- Community Restoration: Concern is working to enable flood-affected small farmers to resume productive agricultural activities for their food security, livelihoods recovery, and self reliance.
- Meeting Basic Survival Needs of the Most Vulnerable: Concern has distributed dry food rations, emergency shelter materials, hygiene kits, emergency medical assistance through mobile medical units, clean water, kitchen sets, tarps, blankets, and mosquito nets.
Concern has been working in Pakistan since 2001, with a team of over 50 staff and 36 local emergency partner organizations, including vastly experienced emergency personnel in worst-affected areas.
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Click here to view video of Acting Executive Director of Concern Worldwide US, Dominic MacSorley, on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York with Bill Clinton on Concern's response in Pakistan.