International Medical Corps staff visited the flood-affected district of Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

We are responding to
Flooding in Pakistan

An extreme monsoon season is affecting communities throughout Pakistan, with multiple weeks of heavy rainfall causing widespread flooding and landslides. Some 33 million people have so far been affected—with more than 1,300 people killed and more than 1.6 million homes damaged or destroyed—in what local officials are calling a “climate catastrophe.”

The situation is expected to worsen, as more rainfall is forecast for the coming weeks. Along with loss of human life, there has been widespread loss of livestock, and extensive damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure, making everyday life incredibly difficult. In addition, given contamination of water systems by floodwaters and lack of access to clean drinking water, authorities expect water-borne diseases, respiratory tract infections, skin infections and malaria to rise—while significant infrastructure damage (including more than 1,460 health facilities) and displacement are limiting access to health services.

Shelter, food, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) have been identified as priority needs. With a history in Pakistan that reaches back to 1985, International Medical Corps is responding by providing medical services and supplies, as well as mental health and WASH services, to women, children and men affected by the flooding.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 116 districts—75% of the country's 154 districts—have been affected by flooding, including 80 districts officially declared “calamity hit”
Rainfall is almost three times higher nationwide, and more than five times higher in some provinces, than the 30-year average
More than 1,300 people have died due to the flooding, with thousands injured, hundreds of thousands displaced and millions at risk of disease due to poor sanitation and water-borne diseases
In addition to the loss of human life, more than 733,000 head of livestock have been lost and about 3.6 million acres of crops have been affected, posing a significant threat to livelihoods

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Our Response

International Medical Corps is supporting the Department of Health in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces by providing essential medicines and medical supplies to treat acute watery diarrhea, cholera, malaria, acute respiratory infections, and skin and eye infections. We also are providing water purification tablets in highly affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

These emergency essential medical items in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are sufficient for at least 4,500 patients for a period of around 30 to 40 days, and in Sindh for 6,200 patients for 30 days.

We also have distributed 10,000 water purification tablets to district health officials in in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and distributed 20,000 water purification tablets to district health officials in Jamshoro and Dadu districts, Sindh province. In addition, we are arranging for 20,000 water purification tablets and essential medical items to be distributed to about 6,200 patients in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

International Medical Corps has worked in Pakistan since 1985, when we began training young Afghan refugees to return to their home communities inside Afghanistan and provide basic healthcare in places that medical professionals had fled following the 1979 Soviet invasion.

In 1999, we extended our training to the Afghan refugee population living in what was then Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier province, an area since renamed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where we continue to provide services. And we have extensive experience with emergency response: when a massive earthquake struck the region in 2005, claiming more than 70,000 lives, our medical response teams were among the first on the scene, treating survivors within 12 hours.

Since then, we have responded to every other major natural disaster in the country, including monsoon flooding and earthquakes, as well as assisting people affected by conflict and by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide aid to women, children and men whose lives have been devastated by this flooding. You can help. Click the button below to support our work in Pakistan.

 

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