The huge floods that began in Pakistan in July 2010 were without precedent. Floodwaters inundated up to one-fifth of the country and affected around 20 million people - destroying homes and washing away crops. In September 2011 heavy rains triggered fresh flooding - and an urgent emergency response.
Last updated September 2011
Since the massive floods of 2010, Oxfam has reached more than 2.4 million people with humanitarian aid in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, and Azad Jammu Kashmir. Oxfam's response to the 2010 emergency focused on search and rescue, clean water, sanitation kits and hygiene supplies, food, shelter supplies, and essential household items; over time, we provided funds and training to help 36,000 restart small businesses. (Read a progress report about our work.)
But the recovery was far from complete when heavy rains began again in 2011, creating a second major inundation. By mid-September of 2011, floods had destroyed 1.5 million homes and 1.9 million acres of standing crops.