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How we helped people recover

Updated July 2013

The 2010 Pakistan floods were the worst to hit the country in 80 years. The Pakistan Red Crescent, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross worked to help people recover from these floods, and co-ordinated aid from other parts of the Movement, including the British Red Cross.

The British Red Cross launched its Pakistan Floods Appeal on 2 August 2010. Our appeal, plus money drawn from the Disasters Emergency Committee and the Department for International Development, raised a total of £13.5 million. As well as supporting relief work, this money helped support livelihoods, disaster preparedness, shelter, water and sanitation work.


The British Red Cross was the sole supporter of Federation’s livelihoods grants programme in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces. We provided £1.5 million to fund the programme – which is the first of its kind in Pakistan – and supported it with three specialist delegates.

In the areas where we worked, many people relied on small businesses, agriculture and livestock to live. The floods damaged huge expanses of farmland and many shops, while employment in other sectors was also affected.

The livelihoods programme worked to support families by giving them small business training and cash grants to re-establish their livelihoods. We then monitored how the grant was used, and the impact it had on families’ livelihoods.

Disaster preparedness

The British Red Cross helped the Pakistan Red Cross restock its emergency shelter and household kits in Islamabad and Karachi.

With Pakistan prone to flooding, it is vital to be prepared. However, the flooding in 2010 and 2011 meant stocks were seriously depleted. These new materials mean that the Pakistan Red Crescent has supplies to support 35,000 families in the event of renewed flooding.

The British Red Cross also improved the Pakistan Red Crescent’s ability to distribute emergency stocks quickly, by training 25 disaster response officers, helping with community disaster planning and providing lorries and trucks.

Shelter, water and sanitation

Many homes in Pakistan were damaged or destroyed by the flooding. The British Red Cross helped fund a shelter project in Pakistan. The project worked with 4,000 families – giving them either house-building grants and construction training, or the materials to build a latrine. In this way, the families learn a skill and are able to help rebuild their own houses.

For specialist jobs, such as masonry, local tradesmen were employed rather than large contractors. The houses were carefully designed and located to be less prone to flooding.

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Stories of recovery

Being pregnant can be difficult, but being pregnant during monsoon floods is a particularly serious challenge.

Thanks to a Red Cross livelihoods grant, Soni Ali can support her family.

A Red Cross grant helped Sahiba reopen her shop after it was destroyed by floods in Pakistan.