Pakistan Crisis

Record monsoon rains in late July unleashed the worst wave of flooding to hit Pakistan in living memory. This page contains a wide range of information and reporting on WFP's emergency response to the flooding, including facts and figures and stories from the ground.

Operational info

  • WFP’s emergency food assistance in Pakistan ramped up from feeding 3 million people in August to targeting 7.5 million in November and is now transitioning towards early recovery activities.
  • Beneficiaries receive a one-month supply of food, including wheat flour, vegetable oil, high energy biscuits and, where available, pulses, tea, sugar and salt. Rice is also being provided in some parts of the country.
  • The situation in the southern province of Sindh remains critical with an estimated 7 million people still affected by floodwaters, and fears that large areas of land may remain underwater for up to six months.
  • In other areas of the country, such as Punjab, Balochistan and  more displaced families are returning home and need early recovery support
  • School meals and programmes that provide people with food in return for work on projects to rebuild their community are among the recovery initiatives getting underway in parts of the country where the flood waters have receded and people have returned home.
  • The health and nutrition of young children is a priority. In Pakistan, Ready-to-use Supplementary Foods (RUSF) for young children are part of the general ration.
  • In the midst of the flood response, WFP has continued to supply vital food assistance to people displaced by conflict in the Northwest since 2008.


Pakistan, Road Conditions Map for Northern Sindh and Balochistan as of 12 October, 12 October 2012

Pakistan in the news

On the ground

Scaled-Up Nutrition Interventions Save Lives
This is Satar's second visit to the health house and he is showing tremendous improvement!   When he first came in March 2014, he only weighed 5.8 kilos and his Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) was only 11.8cm -- which meant he was at risk of severe acute malnutrition (in photo). A month after receiving WFP specialized nutritious food, Satar's weight increased to 6.3 kilos and his MUAC became 12.1cm.


Country Background

Pakistan has experienced widespread socio-political and economic instability in recent years; amid declining foreign exchange reserves and currency depreciations, rampant inflation and unemployment, an ever-deteriorating security situation, and widening developmental disparities between rural and urban populations. Learn more




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Total needed for emergency food operation: US$596 million

Received so far: US $303 million
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Total needed for logistics operation: US$47 million

Received so far: US $31.4 million
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WFP is urgently appealing for further commitments by governments, private companies and individuals to support the scale-up and extension of its flood response operations in Pakistan.