An extreme monsoon season continues to devastate Pakistan as heavy rainfall has caused widespread flooding and landslides, creating a dire situation and urgent need for crisis relief.
In total, some 2.3 million people have been affected since mid-June—with more than 1,000 people killed and almost 950,000 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.
Zaman is collaborating with our long-term partner, International Medical Corps, to help those affected by recent flooding in Pakistan.
Shelter, food, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) have been identified as priority needs. Due to floodwaters and lack of access to clean drinking water, authorities expect water-borne diseases, respiratory tract infections, skin infections, malaria and flood-related injuries to rise—while significant infrastructure damage and displacement are limiting access to health services.
International Medical Corps, which has been in Pakistan since 1985 and has roughly 120 team members on the ground, is responding and urgently needs help to expand our response efforts.
Due to their longstanding presence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, International Medical Corps already has provided local health officials with enough medicines and medical supplies to care for around 4,000 patients for more than one month. They will be providing additional medicines and medical supplies, and plan to deploy mobile medical teams to deliver essential health services directly to flood-affected communities in both KP and Sindh provinces. They are also in the process of conducting additional assessments to better understand and address growing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and WASH needs.