Flooding in Pakistan


Disaster preparedness saves lives

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Identifying risks early so that people can react quickly in an emergency: Help has been helping people in Pakistan prepare for disasters since the major floods in 2010. We are also contributing to Pakistan’s future. We provide special training courses for graduates and help them to find suitable employment. Donate now to people in Pakistan!

“Pakistan is at a high risk of flooding. This affects people who live near the Indus River above all. Help has been our German partner for many years and continues to be one of the most important international organisations involved in tackling flooding in Pakistan. Our cooperation in Punjab, where we implemented our project Disaster-Resistant Connected Communities, was excellent!”
Naveed Ahmad, project partner CAMP
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What is the situation like in Pakistan?

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.

How is Help helping in Pakistan?

Prepared for emergencies

Preparing correctly for a natural disaster is crucial for survival. This is why Help is active in disaster preparedness. In Punjab our courses train people in how to behave in the event of a flood, earthquake or fire. We show them how to identify risks at an early stage and teach them what is important when communicating, evacuating and rescuing in an emergency. The task forces we train have links to each other and official bodies. Together they have prepared evacuation plans, escape routes and assembly points.

Minds for the future

Our training programme for graduates is tailored to the competences of our young participants and helps them to develop their skills further. Critical thinking and practical training in communication, decision-making and project planning form part of the programme, as well as direct placements in businesses and government bodies. The programme gives our trainees the opportunity to earn a secure income and prepares them to help shape Pakistan’s future.

Donors and partners: ADH (Aktion Deutschland Hilft), BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)

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Facts and Figures

      • 60% of the people in Pakistan do not have a secure food supply
      • 44% of all children under 5 are underdeveloped due to malnutrition
      • Pakistan is ranked 7th in the global index of countries most at risk from climate change (period measured: 1997–2016)
      • 39% of the population are affected by poverty and have difficulty accessing education, health care and a secure income
      • Only 7% of 17- to 23-year-olds have access to higher education

      Sources: WFP, Global Climate Risk 2018, Global Hunger Index 2017

      • 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

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      Help people in Pakistan prepare for disasters

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      Berthold Engelmann
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