WaterAid responds to Pakistan floods with emergency relief to over 40,000 people
New York, August 27, 2022:
WaterAid is responding to the crisis in Pakistan and has allocated PKR 30 million (over $136,000 USD) for initial emergency relief to over 40,000 people affected by the floods. It is handing out hygiene kits with soap, towels and jerrycans, it will disinfect drinking water sources, build temporary toilets in schools/camps, help with the clearance of flood water and support the specific needs of women and girls in the flood affected areas including provision of menstrual hygiene kits.
Heavy monsoon rains and floods have affected 30 million people in Pakistan since mid-June, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Over 900 people were killed by devastating monsoon rains and floods including 326 children and at least 95,350 homes have been destroyed.
Water sources need to be restored, and it’s important people have access to decent toilets, to prevent disease outbreaks. Our initial response is for two months but we will continue to expand our response as we raise more funds. We will also continue our efforts through our ongoing programs that specifically focus on climate-resilient water, sanitation and hygiene, especially for women-headed households and marginalized groups.
WaterAid has initiated the flood response with the help of its local partners in Badin (Sindh), Rajanpur (Punjab) and Swat (Khyber Pukhtunkhwa) Districts and will focus on:
- Disinfecting drinking water sources
- Providing hygiene kits
- Constructing toilets in schools/camps
- Removal of flood water
- Educational sessions on safe water, sanitation, and personal hygiene
- Supporting the needs of women and girls in flood areas including the provision of menstrual hygiene kits
We need world leaders to step up and help the millions in Pakistan who have been affected by the deadly floods with food, shelter, and clean and safe water to curb the outbreak of diseases. We have to rebuild water points, toilets and lives.
But we also need them to take urgent action for the longer term. The climate crisis is a water crisis at its core, so we need comprehensive, global action to mitigate the impact of climate change across the world, and to ensure the most vulnerable communities have access to basics such as water and food no matter the climate impacts that are already upon us. Every meeting between world leaders should have the climate crisis at the top of its agenda.
More about WaterAid
WaterAid is an international nonprofit working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a reality for everyone, everywhere within a generation. WaterAid works in more than 30 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water, 28 million people with decent toilets and 26 million people with good hygiene.
- 750 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.
- Two billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.
- Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's around 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes.
Every $2 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $8 in increased productivity.