The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched an appeal on 1 September 2022 for those affected by the floods in Pakistan. Devastating floods have hit Pakistan, killing at least 1,100 people and leaving more than six million in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
A third of the country (an area almost the size of Great Britain) has been submerged, according to the government, in what the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called a “climate catastrophe.”
More than a million homes have been destroyed or badly damaged, leaving many homeless and exposed to the elements. Around 33 million people are affected overall – one in seven Pakistanis. Whole villages have been cut off, with rescuers struggling to reach them.
Huge swathes of agricultural land have been affected, with crops swept away and three-quarters of a million livestock killed, which will mean many people going hungry in the longer term. There is also a high risk of water-borne diseases spreading in affected areas.
Aid agencies are scrambling to respond to meet people’s basic needs such as food, clean water, and shelter, and the government of Pakistan has called for international assistance to provide humanitarian aid.
DEC charities are providing life-saving aid either directly or through local partners, but need more funds to scale up their operations, particularly with conditions expected to worsen as the rains continue. Although World Vision is a DEC partner, is not working in Pakistan. So WV is calling on supporters to pray and give via the DEC appeal for other organizations to do all they can to help.
The situation as of 1 September 2022:
- At least 1,100 people have been killed and 1,500 injured due to the flooding.
- Over six million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
- 33 million people are affected overall, 15% or one in seven of the population.
- According to the government of Pakistan, a third of the country has been submerged.
- 218,000 houses have been destroyed and 662,000 have been damaged – meaning over a million homes have been destroyed or damaged.
- The worst hit areas have seen five times as much rainfall as the 30-year average.
- Two million acres of crops have been affected and at least 794,000 livestock have been lost.