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26 Sep 2011
Pakistan: Emergency Relief Coordinator’s Key Messages on Pakistan, 26 September 2011 - Issue Number 13

I. Key Messages

  1. Widespread flooding in Pakistan has caused a major humanitarian emergency, but the situation has not received sufficient international attention. At least 5.4 million people need help, and the number is growing. In some areas of Sindh, humanitarian needs are approaching the levels of 2010. This crisis requires an urgent response.

  2. The impact of this year’s flooding cannot be seen in isolation. In 2010, 18 million people were...

19 Sep 2011
Pakistan: UN launches Pakistan floods 2011 rapid response plan for US$357 million

(Islamabad/Geneva/New York: 19 September 2011): The United Nations called for US$357 million to help the Government of Pakistan provide life-saving assistance to more than 5 million people left destitute by devastating monsoon rains and flooding in southern Pakistan.

The United Nations Rapid Response Plan for 2011 aims to provide food, water, sanitation, health, and emergency shelter to the worst hit families for six...

11 Sep 2011
Pakistan: Monsoon rains affect millions of people, UN launches humanitarian response

(Islamabad/Geneva/New York: 10 September 2011): Torrential monsoon rains have pounded southern Pakistan, triggering serious flooding affecting more than five million people, among them communities still recovering from last year’s extraordinary floods. The disaster has reportedly taken the lives of 199 people, destroyed or damaged nearly one million houses, and flooded 4.2 million acres of land, prompting the Government of Pakistan to call for support from the United...

19 Aug 2011
Pakistan: World Humanitarian Day celebrated Today – 19 August, 2011

Islamabad, 19 June, 2011: The World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is being celebrated across the world today. In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly designated 19 August as World Humanitarian Day to honor and thank the work and lives of the humanitarian workers who brave great danger, far from home, working long hours in the most difficult conditions across the world. The day recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of those who lose their lives to give others help and...

28 Jul 2011
Pakistan: Recovering with resilience: Pakistan floods one year on

(Islamabad: 28 July 2010): One year ago Pakistan was hit by unprecedented monsoon rains and floods. Across the country the scope and scale of the crisis was exceptional, affecting the lives of over 18 million people, washing away communities and livelihoods, and forcing millions to flee from their homes. The crisis took the lives of a confirmed 1,980 people and left an estimated 14 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

The people of Pakistan have shown...