Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Response to Floods in Pakistan

Pakistanis displaced by heavy floods take refuge at Sultan Colony, near the city of Multan.

Heavy monsoon rains that began in mid-August 2011 have led to extensive flooding in Pakistan, primarily in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. The United Nations reports that approximately 5.8 million people are affected, with close to 1.8 million individuals displaced and living in extremely difficult conditions.

The Government of Canada, through CIDA, is funding eight new projects aimed at providing urgent life-saving assistance in response to the 2011 flooding.

CIDA's support will help humanitarian organizations:
  • Provide emergency food assistance
  • Provide emergency shelters and essential non-food relief items
  • Provide access to emergency health care and deploy mobile medical health teams
  • Identify and treat cases of severe acute malnutrition among children under the age of five as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Increase access to safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene education

The 2011 floods follow the 2010 floods, the worst in Pakistan's history. Thousands of families are still recovering.

In the early days of the 2010 disaster, the Government of Canada contributed $25 million and established the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund. Canadians responded generously and between August 2 and October 3 donated $46.8 million to help those affected by the floods in Pakistan. The Government of Canada put an equivalent amount into its Pakistan Flood Relief Fund. This money has been disbursed to established Canadian and international humanitarian organizations for humanitarian assistance and early recovery efforts in Pakistan.

The Government of Canada allocated $79.8 million in response to the 2010 floods. Of this amount, $71.8 million was provided by CIDA for humanitarian assistance and early recovery and $8 million by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

CIDA's support helped humanitarian organizations to:

  • deliver 440,000 metric tonnes of emergency food assistance to more than 8.7 million people across 62 flood-affected districts in Pakistan
  • provide 5.1 million people with daily access to clean drinking water
  • provide over 34 million medical consultations for flood-affected people
  • assist 900,000 flood-affected farm families (approximately 7 million people) to resume food production
  • provide emergency shelter and non-food relief items to 6.5 million people