Thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed in Pakistan’s late monsoon rains, leaving thousands in urgent need of assistance.
In early September 2012, late monsoon rains, the heaviest rainfall records for the past 24 years, caused flash floods in parts of southern Punjab, northeastern Sindh and Balochistan provinces. The floods have left hundreds of people dead and thousands are left displaced with homes, roads, bridges and crops destroyed.
Flood affectees took refugee along the Canal in District Naseerabad, Balochistan, Pakistan. Photo: NRC/Abdul Malik.
Thousands of homes were partially or completely devastated by the floods forcing people to live in the open and in dire need to access clean drinking water, tents, emergency relief items and health services. The Government of Pakistan has declared a flood emergency in different affected district of Punjab, Sind and Balochistan provinces. The local authorities are undertaking rescue and relief activities and working to restore essential infrastructure.
In response to the urgent humanitarian needs, after a rapid assessment, NRC Pakistan will start distributions of non-food items (NFIs) and hygiene kits in Naseerabad, Balochistan, one of the areas worst hit by the floods. NRC is the first international humanitarian organisation to plan for relief activities in the aftermath of the current floods in Balochistan.
Houses damaged by the floodwater in District Naseerabad, Balochistan, Pakistan. Photo: NRC/Abdul Malik.
NRC plans to distribute 8000 NFI kits and 3493 hygiene kits for the most vulnerable families in Naseerabad District. NRC’s NFI kit contains essential household items including jerry cans, buckets, kitchen items, bed sheets, sleeping mats, quilts and blankets.
NRC relief activates in Balochistan are funded by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Commission - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO).
| Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan (347,190 km²) with a population of around 8 million. Poverty, inadequate infrastructure and poor health and education facilities make Balochistan one of the least developed regions in Pakistan.|
| Balochistan is also known for its extreme weather as temperatures can drop to -18 °C during winter and over 40 °C in the summer.|
| NRC Pakistan has been operating in Balochistan since 2011 with an office in the provincial capital, Quetta.|
| In the aftermath of the 2011 floods, NRC distributed 6,140 NFI and 2,700 hygiene kits for the floods affectees in Kalat and Naseerabad Districts.|