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Pakistan Floods (2010)


Save the Children has been working with children and families in Pakistan for more than 30 years. The worst monsoon floods to strike Pakistan in almost a century affected 20 million people—ten million of them children—in the summer of 2010. At the height of the disaster, a fifth of the country was submerged. Most flood survivors lost everything, and over a year later, many are still struggling to survive.

At the height of the floods, millions of people in Sindh and Punjab provinces were living in temporary shelters with cramped living conditions, poor sanitation and little access to clean water or nutritious food. Already-high rates of acute malnutrition reached extreme levels. Damage to schools - by flood water and their use as temporary shelters - put the education of 3.5 million children at risk.

Flood survivors, most of which already struggled to provide for their families and themselves as members of subsistence and commercial farming communities, continue to work to re-establish their livelihoods despite the loss of fertile land, seed and livestock.



Emergency Response

Save the Children was in place to immediately respond to the flood disaster and we reached approximately four million people with humanitarian assistance, of which 1.8 million were children.

  • We worked to ensure that 1.3 million people received food aid
  • We helped 1.2 million people receive health treatment for diseases including malaria, diarrhea, and chest infections.
  • We worked to provide shelter for nearly 900,000 people
  • We treated 25,000 children and 12,000 pregnant or breastfeeding women for malnutrition and assisted 2,392 breastfeeding women with feeding problems for their infants and young children under 2 years
  • We got 15,000 children back to school, or enrolled for the first time.
  • We rebuilt 251 transitional shelters in Jacobabad
  • We worked to expand livelihood options for those who had lost all means of subsistence, helping 297,000 people in food for work schemes, and 66,850 people in cash for work schemes
  • We have given 150,000 children access to child-friendly play spaces.
  • We provided emergency psychosocial support through both our child protection and education programs.


2-year Recovery Program

Over the course of the next two years, Save the Children will aspire to target the most vulnerable and marginalized communities and provide them with a holistic package of support. Save the Children will strategically select those geographical areas that have the largest gaps in services and a significant vulnerable population, and will concentrate all its programs in those locations.

We  aim to increase communities’ resilience against any future disaster through integrated Disaster Risk Recovery (DRR) programming. By the end of the strategy period, Save the Children will seek to have improved communities lives to a better level than before the floods and empowered them with a greater ability to mitigate the impacts of any future disaster.

Save the Children’s goal for the next two years is to address the immediate, intermediate and longer needs of four million flood survivors through multi-sector integrated programs in a sustainable manner by the end of 2012 in the targeted districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. Programs and initiatives will support the most vulnerable categories of children and their families – women, orphans, and disabled persons – in the targeted districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan. This represents over 20 per cent of the affected population of which at least 55 per cent (2.2 million) are children.



Visit our Flickr gallery and YouTube channel for photos and videos about the crisis.

Video: Pakistan floods - six months on




One year on survey results

Pakistan floods 2010: six months on



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