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Pakistan Floods

CORE worked with our partners to provide critical support to those devastated by the floods in Pakistan.

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Pakistan

Emergency Relief | 2022-23

What damage did the floods in Pakistan cause?

Pakistan was devastated by unprecedented monsoon rains that began in June 2022. One-third of the country was inundated, and 33 million people (roughly 14% of Pakistan’s population) were affected. Over 1,700 people died due to the floods and countless others displaced, according to Pakistan’s Natural Disaster Management Authority.

 

In addition to widespread property damage, Pakistan’s agriculture industry, a mainstay of its economy, was severely impacted and many fields were submerged. Pakistani authorities estimate that the floods resulted in about $30 billion (USD) in combined damages and economic loss. 

How were the floods in Pakistan impacted by climate change? 

As summers continue to get hotter across South Asia, the volume of meltwater from the Himalayas has increased significantly. Scientists also note that climate change has caused monsoon rains to become increasingly unpredictable. 

 

EU data show that Pakistan contributes to less than 1 percent of the world’s planet-warming emissions, yet it ranks as the eighth most vulnerable nation to the effects of climate change, per the Global Climate Risk Index. In a joint appeal with Pakistan’s government, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called the flooding in Pakistan a “climate catastrophe.”

 

“The Pakistani people are facing a monsoon on steroids — the relentless impact of epochal levels of rain and flooding,” Guterres said.

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How did CORE respond to the floods in Pakistan? 

CORE worked with our local partner, Riverside Development Organization (RDO), to provide critical support to communities who were devastated by the floods in Pakistan. Our efforts focused on the most impacted populations in the hard-hit city of Sukkur in Pakistan’s southern Sindh Province. 

 

We coordinated with local and international partners to provide access to food, hygiene kits, cash assistance, mosquito nets for animals and humans, and mobile medical clinics.  

80,000

individuals supported 

5,500

livestock protected

28,000

dry food kits distributed 

15,000

hygiene kits 

16,000

mosquito nets provided for people and animals  

24

medical camps 

 

How did CORE support the recovery needs of flood-affected community in Pakistan?

In the wake of widespread destruction caused by the June 2023 floods, many communities remain even more vulnerable to future climate disasters. Therefore, in the year following the tragedy, CORE and RDO have worked together with community members in Tehsil Kundyaro, Noushero Feroz District to make the Dodha and Goth Hasham Chohan villages more resilient to future floods. Our efforts have included building and repairing homes, establishing protective walls, and increasing water accessibility and storage.

 

CORE and RDO coordinated resources and labor to repair and upgrade homes and build new homes in the villages. Additionally, we installed or reconditioned hand pumps and installed tanks for water storage. To enhance active mitigation efforts, CORE and RDO constructed retaining (bund) walls and roads above the 2022 flood line and increased the height of infrastructure, making the villages more resistant to erosion.

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