Devastating floods have hit Pakistan, killing at least 1,100 people and leaving more than 6 million in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. One third of the country (an area almost the size of Great Britain) has been submerged, according to the government, in what the UN Secretary General has called a “climate catastrophe”.
More than a million homes have been destroyed or badly damaged, leaving many homeless and exposed to the elements. Around 33 million people are affected overall - one in seven Pakistanis. Whole villages have been cut off, with rescuers struggling to reach them.
Aid agencies are scrambling to respond to meet people’s basic needs such as food, clean water and shelter, and the government of Pakistan has called for international assistance to provide humanitarian aid.
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Haiti earthquake 2021: ActionAid's response
ActionAid’s emergency response teams are on the ground in the worst affected areas of Jérémie and Les Cayes, responding to people's most urgent needs.
We are aiming to assist at least 2,000 households affected by the earthquake with:
- immediate shelter and emergency food
- blankets, pillows, hygiene and dignity kits and kitchenware
- protection services for women and girls
- psychosocial support for traumatised children and their families
- cash support.
Angeline Annesteus, Country Director of ActionAid Haiti, says:
Today brings back the trauma of the 2010 earthquake that tore Haiti apart. This deadly quake has destroyed homes and infrastructure in some of Haiti’s most vulnerable and marginalised communities.
In Jérémie, one of the areas most affected, our team is helping with rescue efforts as families desperately try to pull loved ones from the rubble. Sadly, we expect the death toll to continue to rise.
Women and girls are already bearing the brunt of the multiple crises facing Haiti, including rising hunger, political instability and gang violence. The devastating fallout from this earthquake, could push many more families into poverty and hunger.”
After the Haiti earthquake
49-year-old Marie Dieula whose house in Jérémie, Haiti has been destroyed in the 2021 earthquake surveys the extensive damage to her home.
Widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure has left many families in desperate need of shelter and food support, facing another night sleeping on the streets. Many of those injured and displaced are women and children.
We thought about going somewhere else to spend the night... We all six squeezed ourselves under a batch. We used woods to hold it while it could barely face the heavy rain.
Everything is still under the rubble. I lost my goods which were my only way to feed my family. We have been digging to find clothes, sheets and our important belongings since that’s all we have."
ActionAid’s response to the 2021 Haiti earthquake includes providing food support, shelter, essential items including blankets, pillows, kitchenware, and hygiene kits for women and girls.
ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.
Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.
We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
We're committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women's economic empowerment, and supporting women's and girls' rights during humanitarian crises.
Where your money goes
ActionAid is not present in Pakistan and so not responding directly; instead we are supporting other UK based charities who are members of the DEC.
100% of your donation will be passed to the DEC and shared among member agencies who are responding.
Page updated 27 September 2022