UNHCR provides emergency relief support in flood-stricken Balochistan

Appeal for Australian support as floods devastate Pakistan

Australia for UNHCR is calling for urgent Australian support for millions of people in Pakistan devastated by monsoon floods.

31 August 2022

Australia for UNHCR is calling for urgent Australian support for millions of people in Pakistan devastated by monsoon floods.

Torrential rain and flash floods have killed more than 1,100 people and affected over 33 million others across the country.  More than six million people are in need of immediate support.

“The scenes we’re seeing out of Pakistan are absolutely heartbreaking. My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones as well as the millions of people who’ve lost their homes,” Australia for UNHCR CEO Trudi Mitchell said.

“I’m very grateful to our many supporters who have already donated to help the people of Pakistan, and I encourage others to help if they can,” said Ms Mitchell.

UNHCR is on the ground with partners delivering relief items in the worst hit areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, as part of a coordinated response led by Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Committee (NDMA).

UNHCR will stay and deliver for flood-affected communities, including the many Afghan refugees generously hosted by Pakistan.

So far, the UN Refugee Agency has provided refugee villages and the communities hosting them with more than 71,000 emergency relief items, including tents, plastic tarpaulins, sanitary products, cooking stoves, blankets, solar lamps and sleeping mats.

UNHCR has also provided 10,000 sand bags to help people build up defences around their homes.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said more aid is desperately needed.

“Rain and floods have been catastrophic for millions of people. We urgently need global support and solidarity for Pakistan in these dire times,’’ said Filippo Grandi.

“The international community must step up its support and help Pakistan’s response to this catastrophe,’’ Grandi said. 

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