UN World Food Programme

Pakistan: Five Ways Lives Are Improving

The emergency is far from over in Pakistan's southern Sindh province. More than three months after the flooding began, large swathes of territory are still underwater. Copyright: WFP/Amjad Jamal

More than three months after catastrophic monsoon floods swept through Pakistan, WFP’s food assistance is helping in many ways. It brings relief to people who are still cut off by flood waters and helps families protect their children from malnutrition. It also supports those who are in a position to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.

ISLAMABAD — After launching a major food relief operation in August that fed over 3 million victims of the unprecedented monsoon floods, WFP has ramped up quickly to feed more than 7 million people around the country. Get the latest on the operation

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Here are five ways that WFP's food aid is helping: 

1. Feeding a devastated nation

Weeks after the floodwaters receded in most of the country, a huge area in the southern Sindh province is still underwater and could remain so for several months. Some 1 million people in the region are living in camps and still in need of emergency food aid to survive.

  • Find out how food aid reaches families in Sindh’s flood zone

2. Keeping mothers and children nourished and healthy

One of the top priorities in any emergency situation is to ensure that nursing mothers and small children don’t go hungry. To keep malnutrition at bay among the weakest and most vulnerable, WFP is delivering ready-to-use foods -- tailored to the nutritional needs of children under five -- to thousands of families around the country.

  • Find out how one mother learned to protect her two-year-old son

3. Bringing farmers back to their fields

The floods wiped out some 17 million acres of farmland, and even the farmers who were able to return after the waters receded risked missing the autumn planting season. Today, food assistance is helping several thousand farmers repair the damage and get seeds in the ground in time to harvest food for the winter.

  • Find out how one family have coped with the loss of their farm

4. Helping communities rebuild

In areas where the water has receded, people are hard at work to rebuild the roads, farms, orchards, homes and villages the floods swept away. WFP is providing cash and food while they build assets that will serve them over time. Food aid will ensure they have the strength and time to rebuild.

  • Find out how a family of returning refugees found a future in peach trees

5. Storing up food for the winter

The winter months are hard in Pakistan, particularly in the country’s Himalayan north, where many areas are completely isolated for months on end. To help people whose fields and livestock were whipped out by the floods make it through the winter, WFP has begun to preposition food so that local residents will have enough to eat.

  • Find out how a woman and her family of ten plan to make it through the winter