Pakistan faces chronic vulnerability due to a combination of complex emergencies and natural disasters including recurrent flooding in the south, protracted insecurity in the north-west, climatic variability, frequent seismic phenomena, population demographic pressure, poverty, inequality and weak infrastructure.
Two powerful earthquakes experienced in September 2013 have affected at least 30,000 families with 200,000 people in Balochistan Province. Humanitarian partners continue to support the Government of Pakistan’s response in the earthquake-affected areas, but more resources are needed to assist the affected people to recover.
Conflict in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province in north-western Pakistan has displaced over 4 million people since 2008, of whom 3 million have returned home. Over 1 million people remain displaced across KP and FATA and in need of critical life-saving assistance. Over 1.4 million who have returned to their homes in FATA also require assistance to rebuild their lives and restore their communities. Pakistan is also host to over 1.6 million Afghan refugees who need continued assistance.
Recurrent monsoon floods over the last four years have affected more than 30 million people, many of them multiple times, leaving them vulnerable and in need of early recovery assistance.
OCHA Pakistan coordinates the humanitarian community's assistance to people in need throughout Pakistan. At the same time, it works in support of the Government's efforts to strengthen national resilience. OCHA Pakistan’s head office is located in Islamabad, with sub-offices in Peshawar (KP), Karachi (Sindh) and presences in Quetta (Balochistan) and Punjab.
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