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PWRDF supporting food assistance in flood ravaged Pakistan

Many villagers in Sindh province are living in makeshift shelters in river banks. (Community World Service Asia photo)

August 31, 2022

By Christine Hills

PWRDF is sending $30,000 to a food assistance project in Sindh Province, Pakistan, led by Presbyterian World Service & Development and funded by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Act Alliance member Community World Service Asia (CWSA), a humanitarian and development organization head-quartered in Karachi, is the implementing partner.

Since monsoon season began in mid-June, Pakistan has received more than 60% of its normal rainfall, leading to flash floods and landslides. Eight consecutive weeks of torrential rainfall has left a third of Pakistan underwater. As of August 20, more than 1.3 million people – or 310,000 households – have been affected in Sindh province, which was particularly hard hit. Locals claim these rains as “more intense than anything they have ever seen.”

In Mirpur Khas, the flood has affected more than 52,300 households and 156,600 acres of crop area has been washed out. The Sindh government declared Umerkot, which is now 60% under water, a calamity-affected area. An estimated 7,750 families have been displaced and 88,885 acres of crop area has been adversely affected.

The flooding follows on the heels of hardships suffered in 2021 that include drought, livestock diseases, and an increase in food and fuel prices associated with COVID-19, all adding up to greater food insecurity. Approximately 2.3 million people in Mirpur Khas and Umerkot districts, among the worst affected areas in the province, are at a crisis level.

Community World Service Asia will provide emergency monthly cash assistance to 2,440 families for three consecutive months to meet the food needs of people in Mirpur Khas and Umerkot districts.

You can help

Donate online or go to pwrdf.org/give-today and click on Flooding in Pakistan. You may also send a cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2, indicating Pakistan Flooding on the cheque. You may also donate by phone at 416-822-9083 or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call.

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