Posted by Stephanie Christensen, Executive Director, Shelterbox Canada

ShelterBox has deployed an emergency response team to Pakistan after severe monsoon has flooding left thousands of people with nowhere to live. Over 33 million people have been affected by the severe flooding. People's homes have sunk in flood water or been swept away. More than 1,100 people have lost their lives and this number is still climbing.

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"The flood waters are fast and lethal. They do not discriminate. They are sweeping away anything in their path including people, homes, and livelihoods."  - ShelterBox Regional Director for Asia, Harron Altaf










This is the worst flooding in Pakistan since 2010 when ShelterBox responded. Rainfall nationwide has been 2.87 times higher than the national 30-year average. Some provinces have receiving more than five times as much rainfall. The continued rain itself is making access into flood affected areas incredibly difficult. 1.5 million tents have been requested by the Pakistani government. Access to remote areas is already difficult as communication lines are down and 150 bridges have been destroyed. In 2010, ShelterBox supported 40,000 people in Pakistan after the worst flooding the country had seen in 80 years. ShelterBox has responded to crisis in Pakistan two other times, in 2008 and 2013, following major earthquakes. Climate change is increasing the risk of floods globally, putting millions of people at risk and making coastal and low-lying areas more vulnerable.


ShelterBox Is Responding

A response team has been deployed and teams are in close contact with Rotary officials on the ground in Pakistan. The sheer scale of the flooding is disastrous, but teams will be on the ground assessing how ShelterBox can help those most severely affected.

"It's going to take time, money, a huge humanitarian effort, and international support to help people in Pakistan to fully recover." - Haroon Atlaf

To the Rotary District 7070 family: We urgently need your help today . Please, donate today to provide emergency shelter to those who need it most.