• 21 million people displaced
  • 10 million people without food
  • 3.5 million children suffering from waterborne disease

“Greatest Humanitarian Crisis with more affected than the Tsunami and Kashmir, Haiti earthquakes combined” – United Nations

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“…the world has never seen such a disaster. It is beyond anybody’s imagination..”
- U.N secretary Ban ki Moon.

In July 2010, massive rainfall occurred in the northern province of Pakistan. These
rains, unleashed large scale flooding that is spreading from the northern regions, all
the way down to the sea, affecting all the provinces Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab,
Sindh and Balochistan.

The United Nations estimates that over 21 million people have been affected by the
flooding exceeding the combined total of those affected by the tsunami, the 2005
earthquake in Kashmir and the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean in 2004. Over
10 million are in need of emergency food, medicine and relief supplies. These 10
million are also being forced to drink unsafe water. Within these numbers, 2 million
children are being forced to go hungry. Over 1.3 million homes have been destroyed
and the damages exceed USD 4 billion in the wake of this disaster. 23 percent of
cultivable land has been submerged. The floods have destroyed USD 1 billion worth
of precious crops, the source of livelihood for millions of Pakistan’s farmers and the
bread and butter of the economy.

10,000 schools, 400 health clinics, 5000 miles of road and railway have been
destroyed and washed away. The first threat of cholera in the relief camps was
reported in early September, which can rise if immediate relief is not provided. This
is a disaster of epic proportions, the effects of which will be felt by the people of
Pakistan for many years to come.

The UN has asked for aid worth over USD 2 billion. This mark is not being met and
there are fears of widespread disease in the refugee camps because of the lack of
timely support. Out of the USD 450 million needed for immediate relief, only 50
percent of it has reached the United Nations. According to BBC reports in early
August , “the international community had actually committed funding that works
out at just over $3 per flood-affected person. The commitment per person after the
2005 Pakistan earthquake was $70 and for this year’s Haiti earthquake it was $495.”
The implications for Pakistan are widespread. The environmental, sociological and
humanitarian impact will be felt for decades to come.

Your help is urgently needed. Join Students in Support of Pakistani Flood Victims
and the Harvard Pakistan Student Group and let your voice be heard. Please click
for donations and to find more information on what the Harvard Community is
doing to support the flood victims.