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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...

27 Jul 2011
Pakistan: Statement by the Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs - On the Anniversary of the Pakistan Floods 2010

PAKISTAN FLOODS 2010 – ONE YEAR ON

(New York, 28 July 2011) A year has passed since Pakistan faced the largest natural disaster in its history. Nearly 20 million people were affected as floodwaters swept across the country, covering an area the size of the United Kingdom.

The disaster changed the lives of millions in a matter of days – causing loss of life and destroying homes. For those who survived, everyday life became a challenge...

22 Jul 2011
Pakistan: Remembering the floods ahead of the monsoon

28 July 2011 marks the first anniversary of the 2010 floods in Pakistan - one of the world’s most devastating natural disasters in recent times. Nearly a fifth of the country was flooded, affecting over 20 million people and resulting in some 14 million people in need of humanitarian aid. Livestock was killed, crops were destroyed, and infrastructure and other livelihood assets were damaged on an unprecedented scale.

Immediately after the floods, humanitarian...