Pakistan Floods Emergency

Published on 16 September 2011

As further heavy rains threaten flood-affected areas of southern Sindh, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up life-saving food assistance to affected people. Poor weather conditions are complicating the delivery of essential relief assistance, as many roads are submerged.

  • As of Monday, WFP has been rolling out distributions of food rations to flood affected people in the worst-hit districts, starting with Badin.  So far, 15,300 people have received assistance.
  • Currently, WFP is operational in the three most affected districts of Badin, Mirpurkas and Shaheed Benazirabad and will increase its presence in more districts over the next few days.
  • The one-month ration includes wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil, salt, high-energy biscuits and specialised nutritious foods for very young children, such as Wawa Mum, a chick-pea paste developed by WFP and made in Pakistan. 
  • WFP is using existing in-country stocks to respond to the crisis, but will need donor support in the weeks to come to replenish the stocks and make sure that the response is at the scale required.
  • WFP aims to provide emergency assistance to about half a million people by the end of the month and plans to scale up deliveries to reach 2.2 million by October.
  • A joint rapid assessment mission in 16 affected districts – involving WFP, the Pakistan National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and OCHA, has been concluded.
  • According to preliminary data, 5.4 million people have been affected by the floods, some 665,000 homes damaged or destroyed and 1.8 million people displaced - many of them are seeking temporary shelter along roadsides or river embankments.
  • 73 percent of food crops in the flood zone have been destroyed and 36 percent of livestock has been lost.
  • Across southern areas of Sindh communication networks have been severely disrupted and water sources contaminated.
  • In addition to food distributions, WFP is providing logistical support to the entire humanitarian community. Following reports of considerable damage to infrastructure caused by further heavy rains over the last 48 hours, WFP logistics teams are being deployed across the districts to determine the extent of inaccessibility by road.
  • In addition to this newest response, WFP is providing food assistance to 1.4 million people recovering from the devastating 2010 floods in Pakistan.