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Pakistan floods 2022

Pakistan suffered from severe monsoon weather in the summer of 2022, which caused the worst flooding to hit the country in decades. A third of the country was under water – affecting 33 million people, of which 16 million were children.

Flash flooding from monsoon rains submerged thousands of homes, washing away towns and villages, leaving many people homeless and exposed to the elements.

Nearly 24,000 schools were damaged or destroyed, with a further 5,500 schools used as temporary shelters. This disrupted schooling for more than 670,000 children.

The floods also damaged over two million acres of crops, and killed more than 1.1 million livestock, increasing the price of food and leaving millions on the brink of starvation.

A combination of communities surrounded by large areas of contaminated water, damage to clean water supplies and sanitation systems, and hot, humid weather precipitated an increase in the spread of deadly waterborne diseases including cholera, as well as related vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.

Our response

  • We provided food items to the families who didn't know where their next meal will come from. This prevents families from resorting to negative coping mechanisms that adversely affect children, such as cutting back on meals, sending children to work or promoting early marriage
  • We set up temporary learning spaces to make sure that displaced children still had access to education
  • We establised child protection services to protect children from the increased risk of exploitation and abuse
  • We delivered free, essential healthcare and nutrition services to provide lifesaving treatment as well as provide critical services to protect children from secondary illnesses and diseases caused by lack of food or access to clean water.

Our Emergency Fund

Our Emergency Fund allows us to respond wherever and whenever we're needed most. It allows us to respond within hours of a disaster, so we can reach children immediately and help them survive.

The Fund helped us respond to crises in 54 countries last year – helping 7 million adults and 10 million children.

Please donate to the Emergency Fund now


Our work in Pakistan

a family in pakistan

Zahra, 12, at home with her father and younger brother in Lahore, Pakistan.

Our humanitarian teams have been responding to emergencies in Pakistan since 1979. In 2005, we supported families affected by the Pakistan earthquake. When devastating floods hit in 2010 and 2011, we reached more than four million people with emergency aid. And in 2009 we helped people displaced by military operations in the Swat Valley.

Across all our programmes, we work with communities to prepare them for emergencies and reduce the impact of disasters.

Learn about our work in Pakistan. 


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