Floods in Pakistan have killed thousands of people and destroyed homes, infrastructure and livelihoods.
Since mid-June, torrential rainfall and catastrophic floods have swept through Pakistan, destroying homes, and washing away roads and crops.
Thirty million people have been affected and 6.4 million people are estimated to be in urgent need. Those who have managed to escape the flooding are crowding into makeshift camps or living with host families.
Pakistan is home to some 1.3 million registered Afghan refugees and has been a generous refugee host for more than 40 years.
As part of UN-system wide efforts, UNHCR is supporting the government-led response to scale up humanitarian assistance for refugee and host communities affected by the monsoon rains.
UNHCR has already donated more than 1.2 million core relief items to assist 50,000 flood-affected families, as well as emergency cash assistance to the most vulnerable refugee households.
Bahadur, one of over 2,000 Afghan refugees living in Kheshgi Refugee Village in Pakistan’s north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Bahadur Khan and his family had only minutes to flee their home before it was swept away by flooding.
Originally from Kunar province in Afghanistan, Bahadur is one of more than 2,000 Afghan refugees living in Kheshgi Refugee Village in Pakistan’s north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
“That night was unforgettable as our house was inundated within minutes. We had no other option but to leave at once,” says Bahadur.
Bahadur and his family had weathered the torrential downpours of Pakistan’s annual monsoon since its onset in June. When the waters broke through a nearby embankment of the Kabul River in the early hours of the morning, he had only 10 minutes to evacuate his loved ones to the safety of higher ground before his home was swept away.
It was the third time the 60-year-old grandfather has been uprooted in his life.
“We fled Afghanistan when civil war broke out in the early 1990s. Then I had to move again when my house was completely destroyed after floods washed it away in 2010,” he says.
“When we left our homes, we went to the nearby higher grounds where we spent the night in the open,” he says. The following morning UNHCR arrived and provide his family with a tent and other essential items.
UNHCR is providing emergency relief items for families displaced by the floods in Pakistan, such as tents, tarpaulins and sleeping mats. With our sister agencies, UNICEF and UNFPA, we are also providing psychosocial support, distributing sanitary products to women and girls, and supporting family tracing.
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