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:
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: