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How many have been affected?
Revised estimates suggest the floods have now affected 20 million people, including 3 million children under five, making this one of the most serious humanitarian disasters in a generation. Homeless, hungry and at risk from disease, the urgent need is intense and with harvests lost, roads washed away and almost 10,000 schools damaged or destroyed, the people of Pakistan will needlong-term help to rebuild their country.
ActionAid emergency response
ActionAid's supporters gave quickly and extremely generously, with more than £2 million already raised for our relief effort. ActionAid already had teams on the ground, who were able to work extremely quickly to start alleviating the worst of the suffering.
To date, our teams have reached 84,000 people with food, clean water, shelter materials and medical care.
Ghaffar Pandrani, President of an ActionAid partner in Sindh said:
"Our mobile medical camps are providing essential medical care and medicines to people who have been badly affected by the floods and have no money to buy medicines. Hundreds of women and children have been treated for diarrhoea, skin and eye infections and common fevers. We have arranged for women health workers to provide medical assistance and counselling to pregnant women."
What is happening now?
While the floodwaters recede from some areas, the situation is still becoming more severe in others. New towns and villages were inundated in Sindh’s Dadu and Jamshoro districts over the weekend as Manchar Lake overflowed.
We are expanding our emergency relief program all the time, aiming to have reached over 100,000 people by the end of the month.
We are also putting into place the plans needed to ensure that people in Pakistan can rebuild their lives in the long-term.