Karachi Floods Relief

Karachi Floods Relief


Apocalyptic images emerge from residents of Pakistan who are sharing the devastation of monsoon rains throughout the region. Roadways flooded with sewage, water and abandoned vehicles haunt residential areas as extensive damage to infrastructure can be seen. Over 30 inches of rain, in a span of 5 consecutive days, have claimed the lives of 36 and affected millions. Coupled with COVID-19 dangers the situation in Pakistan is proving to be extremely dangerous for its residents.

 

As of August 31, 2020, there were a total of 295,663 COVID-19 cases in Pakistan of which 129,268 cases were in Sindh and more specifically 91,514 in Karachi.

HHRD Teams are visiting hard to reach areas to provide much needed relief

Helping Hand USA’s Pakistan Relief Fund is already providing essential emergency relief items but needs your support in ensuring affected families have: warm foods, food packages for up to 21 days, hygiene essentials, clean drinking water as well as the possibility of filtration systems at our Reverse Osmosis locations, medication from mobile clinics, tarps for shelters and more. HHRD Pakistan’s Emergency Response team is on the ground conducting needs assessment and providing essential relief.

 

In this ongoing monsoon season, these past four in Pakistan have seen 7 moderate to heavy spells of rains and windstorms in all the provinces (Sindh, Baluchistan, Punjab, & KPK).

Karachi, one of the most devastated cities, declared a Rain Emergency in all the 6 districts after 12 hours of continuous rain caused widespread flooding. August rain totals have shattered 89 year old flood records! The situation is dire as more rain is in the forecasts. In an ironic twist, the worst hit COVID-19 district in Sindh has also been the worst hit by these floods, namely Karachi East District.

Already crippled by COVID-19 restrictions and the threat of the virus spreading, the people of Pakistan are now struggling with widespread power outages, dangers of fallen powerlines, and limited mobility due to flooded roadways. Many people in the most affected areas are the daily wage workers, and small business owners.

Our teams reached helped 1250 families of rain affected of Karachi and distributed 2400 packs of cooked food and 1000 water bottles.

Helping Hand for Relief and Development’s Pakistan team is on location in the province of Sindh in the areas of Karachi as well as the Dadu District in inner Sindh. They are providing door to door assistance to families with food packages and clean drinking water.  HHRD’s Mobile Clinic is also providing medical assistance in Dadu. An estimated 4 million people stand to have been affected by monsoon weather across South Asia. 

We must do our part to help these families who have lost their livelihood and loved ones.

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