Since 18 September, the Dutch Relief Alliance has initiated an acute response to the severe flooding in Pakistan. DRA partners are on the ground working alongside local partner organisations to provide immediate humanitarian relief to people affected by the flooding.
In the past weeks, monsoon floods have left nearly one third of Pakistan inundated with water. Widespread flooding and landslides have put the lives of millions of people at risk. Critical infrastructure for water provision and electricity have been damaged and property destroyed, compounding the drastic humanitarian situation. The impact has been most severe in Balochistan, Sindh and southern Punjab provinces. In many areas, the rains continue and the water is unlikely to recede soon, hampering aid delivery and provision of essential health services.
Providing crucial assistance, aiming for sustainability
The responses focuses on four provinces in Pakistan: Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. CARE Nederland leads the response together with Cordaid, Oxfam, Save the Children, Stichting Vluchteling and Tearfund, in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and local partner organisations across the country. The response will provide essential support to those in need for the next 6 months.
The Dutch Relief Alliance will support people in need in 5 main areas: food security and livelihoods, healthcare, cash assistance, shelter and non-food items, and WASH. This response intends to provide communities with their immediate needs, from food to housing, and from medicine to access to water and cash for basic needs. Next to that, the response aims to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities by involving them in water management and infrastructure rehabilitation, mental health care and livelihood support. By supporting and strengthening the work of local partners that are already active across Pakistan, the DRA hopes to leave a sustainable impact beyond immediate aid provision in the next 6 months.
Partnership with the Dutch MFA
The Dutch Relief Alliance is able to respond immediately to acute crises such as the crisis in Pakistan due to the long-standing partnership with and funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.