A year after monsoon floods raged across Pakistan, families like this one who lost both their house and farm are getting back on their feet. Copyright:WFP/Amjad Jamal
One year ago, torrential monsoon rains unleashed a wave of flooding across Pakistan in what would become the worst natural disaster in its history. In response, WFP mounted a huge relief operation to assist over 8.7 million people. Today, flood victims are getting back on their feet with the help of food-based programmes designed to help them rebuild.
ISLAMABAD—Within 24 hours of the outbreak of flooding in Pakistan, WFP’s relief operation was off the ground, reaching over 3 million people in the first month with emergency food assistance. That number grew quickly, reaching over 7 million people in October.
Today, life-saving emergency food assistance has given way to programmes aimed at helping families move on from the disaster. Those come in a variety of forms, from school meals that keep kids healthy and coming to class, to food-for-work projects that help their parents put food on the table.
Here are four people from different parts of the country who have been able rebuild their lives with the help of the food they received.
After the floods washed away his family’s home and livelihood, three-year-old Shahid became severely malnourished. Unable to walk, his family took to him a local nutrition centre where he began receiving packets of Wawa Mum—a highly-nutritious chickpea paste made locally in Pakistan. Find out more about Wawa Mum
As well as homes and crops, the floods last year also washed away schools like Zohran's, a little girl from Punjab. Luckily, the school was rebuilt quickly and to help bring kids back to class, WFP provided them with warm meals at lunchtime. Find out more about school meals programmes.
After losing their home to flash floods, Kannez and her four children spent a month living in a tent. When they returned, they found their home and farm destroyed. Food provided to them by WFP has helped to sustain them while they rebuilt and got their farm running again. Find out more about how WFP empowers women
Mahera and his family spent three months in a tent after the floods before returning to their farm and rebuilding. But Mahera won't be able to provide for them until the next harvest. So he’s taking part in “food-for-work” projects that provide his family with food in return for work on roads and irrigation ditches. Find out more about food-for-work programmes