This Operation has been modified as per Budget revision 6 (see below).
Heavy rains across Pakistan have led to flash and river flooding in parts of the country, causing loss of life, destruction of homes and livelihoods, and significant displacement of people. Reported to be the worst flooding in more than 80 years and with further rain anticipated as the monsoon season progresses, an urgent humanitarian response is needed.
The province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) has been the worst affected thus far, with most recent estimates placing the death toll at more than 1,100 people and hundreds are missing. The actual number of deaths and people affected may rise dramatically, as many areas remain inaccessible and communications networks continue to be disrupted. There is massive damage to infrastructure and property, with hundreds of homes, commercial establishments, roads and bridges washed away. Up to 25 districts are reported to have suffered the brunt of the flooding, though ongoing assessments indicate that Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swat and Mardan are the worst affected districts.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority currently estimates that some 150,000 families - or more than 1 million individuals - across KPK are in need of assistance. However, tentative findings from WFP rapid food needs assessments in four districts suggest that this figure may be exceeded. Similar assessments are planned to commence in Swat, Lower Dir and Shangla imminently, with the districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Kohat to follow as soon as they become accessible. As the scale of the disaster has become clearer, the provincial government of KPK has made an urgent appeal to humanitarian organizations for support in priority areas, with food assistance at the forefront.
Coming on top of existing vulnerabilities in the province – which is still reeling from the effects of conflict and instability – this latest shock aggravates food insecurity of the floodaffected groups and warrants an immediate response. WFP will provide emergency food assistance to severely affected families in six of the most devastated districts of KPK, in partnership with government counterparts, non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies. Ongoing WFP operations in the affected area will facilitate a rapid food assistance response.
This emergency operation (EMOP) directly addresses Millennium Development Goal 1 (“eradicate extreme poverty and hunger”), and is in line with WFP Strategic Objective 1 (“save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies”). With the overarching goal of meeting the emergency food and nutrition needs of households severely affected by monsoon flooding in KPK, this EMOP aims to save lives and avert hunger for vulnerable flood-affected people.
Pakistan continues to be subject to considerable socio-political, economic and environmental volatility, and in 2010 experienced its worst natural disaster in living memory to be followed yet again by torrential rain flooding in 2011....