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More than a third of the country under water following mass flooding.

More than a third of the country under water following mass flooding.

CARE is responding to the devastating floods which have already killed more than 1,100 people.

Please donate to our Pakistan Floods Emergency Appeal. All funds raised through this Emergency Appeal will support those affected by the crisis in Pakistan.

The Government of Pakistan has declared a National Emergency in response to the ongoing crisis which has affected more than 30 million people.

“The situation continues to deteriorate, with continued heavy rains causing flooding and landslides,” says Adil Sheraz, CARE Pakistan Country Director. “The sheer scale of the disaster has led the Government of Pakistan to declare a National Emergency.

“Our highest priority is supporting women, children and people with special needs. So many have lost just about everything and need our collective support now.” 

With more than a third of the country under water, CARE and our partners are distributing much needed relief items including tents, shelter and sanitation equipment as well as everyday essentials like menstrual hygiene items.

Fast Facts

Population: 225 million (2020)
Life expectancy: 67 years (66 years male, 68 years female) (2020)
Infant mortality: 54 deaths/1,000 live births (2020)
Under-5 mortality: 65 deaths/1,000 live births (2020)
Maternal mortality: 250 deaths/100,000 live births (2020)
Adult literacy rate: 58% (69% male, 46% female) (2019)
Access to safe drinking water: 36% (40% urban, 33% rural) (2020)
Access to basic sanitation: 68% (82% urban, 60% rural) (2020)
Labour force participation rate: 52.7% (80.7% male, 20.2% female) (2020)
Percentage of national parliament seats held by women: 20% (2021)
GDP per capita: $5,877 (2021)

Source: World Bank

The situation in Pakistan

This is the latest in a decade of disasters for the people of Pakistan, who have seen floods, cyclones, earthquakes and displacement. Largely dependent on small-scale agriculture, Pakistan is especially vulnerable to extreme weather brought about by climate change.

Almost half of the population lives below the poverty line, and the country ranks as one of the world’s worst in terms of gender equality and equitable division of resources and opportunities among men and women.

CARE works in some of the most remote and logistically challenging areas of Pakistan to help address the underlying causes of poverty, supporting women by working with local partners to provide better access to health services and increase the understanding of reproductive, maternal and child health.

Years of flooding

In 2010 Pakistan experienced the worst floods in living memory. Around 20 million people were affected – more than the 2004 tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the Haiti earthquake combined. In 2011, more flooding affected 9 million people.

In 2012, monsoon rains in southern Pakistan devastated local communities, destroying homes and crops and affecting five million people. Within days, the crisis saw more than 297,000 families in need of emergency shelter.

In response to these disasters, CARE and our partners delivered emergency food, clean water, shelter, medical services, mosquito nets, blankets, and financial support. We provided free medical assistance and skills training to vulnerable communities, especially mothers and children. In the years that followed, we have continued to help communities recover and rebuild.

Donate now

Please give now to help rush lifesaving aid to those affected by this crisis.

Your donation will support those affected by the crisis in Pakistan.

Lessons and Impact

We analyse and evaluate our projects to monitor results and learn how we can improve programs. Below is a selection of recent reports on CARE’s work in Pakistan.

More CARE evaluation reports from Pakistan and other countries are available at CARE’s Electronic Evaluation Library.

Images © Maryam Imtiaz/CARE and Bill Kotsatos/CARE

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