Disaster preparedness saves lives
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In the summer of 2022, Pakistan was hit by severe floods. A third of the country was under water, more than 1,700 people lost their lives in the floods. Around 20 million people are still in urgent need of humanitarian aid.
Help has provided affected families with urgently needed relief items such as food and mosquito nets. As many people still have no access to health care, we are currently sending mobile clinics to the flooded areas to treat up to 200 people a day.
“The scale of this disaster is much bigger than the super flood of 2010. It is the biggest flood in living memory. Our resources are extremely scarce and people's vulnerability and susceptibility is very high." - Sherry Rehman, Climate Change Minister in Pakistan
More than 1,700 dead in floods
Between June and October 2022, more than 1,700 people lost their lives in Pakistan due to monsoon-related floods.
A third of the country was under water: rivers burst their banks, more than a million buildings were severely damaged and much of the infrastructure was completely destroyed. Numerous families lost their homes and livelihoods. The water remained for weeks and became an ideal breeding ground for malaria mosquitoes.
Over 33 million people were affected by the flood disaster, around 20 million of whom are still dependent on humanitarian aid today.
Fear is part of daily life
Pakistan is one of the countries most affected by climate change in the world. Natural disasters such as earthquakes and flooding are occurring more frequently – especially during the monsoon season. The rural population is neither prepared nor equipped to help themselves in the event of a disaster. The major floods in 2010 demonstrated this very clearly. They affected 20 million people, and over 1.8 million houses were damaged.
Poverty in Pakistan has many different faces: the distribution of income, health care and education is extremely unequal. Even though new legislation expressly increases protection for women, many women are disadvantaged from birth. The military also continues to play an important role in the state and in society. But the middle classes have shown increasing civil society engagement in recent years.
Fast and effective aid
In cooperation with our long-standing local partner CAMP, we immediately initiated emergency relief measures after Pakistan declared a state of emergency. Thanks to our experience from past flood disasters and our local network, we are able to provide aid quickly and effectively.
Immediately after the declaration of the state of emergency, we provided affected families in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region with urgently needed relief supplies such as food and mosquito nets to stem the spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. We are currently providing medical care in rural areas by sending mobile clinics to treat up to 200 patients a day.
Prepared for emergencies
Proper preparation for a natural disaster is crucial for survival. That is why Help is involved in disaster preparedness worldwide. In the Pakistani province of Punjab, we provided training on the correct behaviour in the event of floods, earthquakes and fires. We showed how to recognise risks at an early stage and what needs to be taken into account when communicating, evacuating and rescuing in an emergency. The response groups we trained are networked with each other and with official agencies. Evacuation plans, escape routes and assembly points were worked out together.
Minds for the future
Our training programme for tomorrow's leaders addressed and helped develop the skills of our young participants. Critical thinking and practical training in communication, decision-making and project planning were as much a part of the training as direct placement with companies and authorities. Our graduates were thus given the chance to earn a secure income and are now in a position to help shape the future of Pakistan.
Donors and partners: ADH (Aktion Deutschland Hilft), CAMP
Facts and Figures
- 33 million people are affected by the 2022 floods.
- There are still 20.6 million people in urgent need of help.
- More than 1,700 people lost their lives in the 2022 floods.
- 2.3 million houses were destroyed by the floods.
- In an international comparison of countries most threatened by climate change, Pakistan ranks 8th (measurement period: 2000-2019).
Source: ReliefWeb, Climate Risk Index 2021
- Prepared over 208,500 people for disasters
- Trained, equipped and established networks between 164 task forces
- Trained 32,800 family representatives for emergencies
- Provided representatives of local bodies with disaster sets. These include sludge pumps, solar panels, rubber boats and life jackets
- Provided disaster training to 2,000 pupils and teachers, formed 50 school committees and equipped them with disaster sets
- Trained 219 young graduates in team-building, project planning, critical thinking and communication
Emergency aid after floods
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