Pakistan floods - July 2010

Heavy monsoon rains at the end of July triggered massive floods that rapidly moved southwards from Pakistan’s northwest, inundating hundreds of villages and claiming more than sixteen hundred lives. More than 14 million people have been affected, with countless others missing, whilst agriculture and crops remain utterly devastated. Considerable infrastructure damage has led to increasing challenges in aid delivery and medical access, as well as protecting vulnerable survivors from disease and the elements. According to the UN, the most crucial priorities in assistance include shelter and food, and the World Health Organization emphasizes the need to immediately provide clean water and emergency health supplies.

“Partnerships between humanitarian actors and private sector companies should be developed in which the core competencies of both parties are valued and leveraged. Though financial contributions may sometimes be easier for humanitarian actors to accept and use, humanitarian action would benefit significantly from access to the expertise, resources, and global, regional, and local networks of the private sector.”
[Source: WEF/OCHA Guiding Principles for Public-Private Collaboration for Humanitarian Action]

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If your organisation is responding to the needs in Pakistan, you are welcome to make a request and describe your needs.

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Who’s involved?

Several organisations within the Global Hand community and beyond have responded to this situation. Those indicated below with a ( * ) are Global Hand verified NGOs.

What’s needed?
(information sourced from the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN, New York)

  • Food items:
    • Dried milk for children and families
    • Dates
    • High-nutrition biscuits
    • Food packets consisting of tea, sugar, powdered milk, vegetable oil, pulses and spices
    • Bottled water
  • Non-food items:
    • Water coolers
    • Cooking utensils
    • Footwear
    • Mosquito nets
    • Blankets
    • Bedsheets
    • Floor mattresses
  • Medicines:
    • Anti-typhoid, anti-malaria, anti-tetanus, anti-diahorrea, anti-snake venom
  • Personal hygiene kits:
    • Soaps
    • Hand towels
    • Toothpaste, toothbrushes
    • Female sanitary pads
    • Diapers
    • Washing powder/soap
  • Miscellaneous items:
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Prickly heat powder
    • Anti-rash creams for children
    • Water purification tablets and units
    • Candles/match-boxes
    • Torches and batteries

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Further links you may find helpful regarding the Pakistan floods.

  • Alertnet
    Reuters humanitarian news website which contains regularly updated information regarding current crises.
  • ReliefWeb
    ReliefWeb is a United Nations website providing information to humanitarian relief organisations. Updated daily, the website includes press releases, policy documents and situation reports regarding current disasters.
  • Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response
    The Sphere Project sets out minimum standards for four sectors: water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion; food security; nutrition and food aid; and, settlement and non-food items and health services. The cornerstone of the handbook is the Humanitarian Charter which describes the rights of people affected by disasters.


If you would like to discuss a response to the Pakistan floods further, feel free to contact us:

Phone: +852 2272 9390 for Hong Kong office, HQ (Katey Kenworthy)
+44 1892 614874 for UK office (Ben Solanky)


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Pakistan: Floods - Jul 2010