A refugee family, who survived 2010 flooding, dig a moat around their tent at a camp in Nowshera on July 26, 2011.
Millions of Pakistanis are still at serious risk of malnutrition and disease due to a weak international response to the country’s second major flooding crisis in two years.
The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) said Thursday that at least 2.5 million people in the flood-hit country are still suffering from the lack of food, water, shelter, sanitation and healthcare. The conditions put them at serious risk of malnutrition, disease and deepening poverty, PHF said.
The PHF, a network of the 41 largest international charities in the country, called on the international community and the Pakistani government to take urgent steps with the next monsoon season months away.
“The needs of the communities affected by the floods are still enormous with women, children, the elderly and disabled particularly vulnerable,” said PHF Head Aine Fay.
“With funds drying up, millions will find it extremely hard to make it through the next few months. Donors and the government of Pakistan must step up their response immediately,” said Oxfam’s country director Neva Khan.
“The floods have exposed and deepened a food crisis in Sindh that has resulted in malnutrition rates far worse than those in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said David Wright, the director of Save the Children in Pakistan.
Pakistan was hit by the worst floods in the country's history in 2010 which left more than 1,750 people dead. An estimated 18 million people were also affected by the floods, according to the Oxfam aid organization.
Heavy rainfall in August 2011 also caused significant devastation across Pakistan. The hardest hit province was Sindh, with 22 out of 23 districts affected.