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How we provided relief

Updated July 2013

When the floods in Pakistan began in July 2010, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement moved quickly to respond.

By March 2011, the Movement had:

  • reached more than 2.45 million people with food aid
  • distributed aid items, such as blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets, buckets and stoves to over 1.6 million people
  • provided medical treatment and health care to more than 197,000 people
  • given psychological support to around 21,000 people
  • provided clean water and sanitation to more than 700,000 people, including building latrines and making damaged wells usable again
  • distributed tents and shelter materials to tens of thousands of people
  • helped almost 900 families get back in touch through the restoring family links service
  • distributed seed and agricultural tools to more than 420,000 people to help provide food for the next harvest.

British Red Cross response

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.

The British Red Cross helped provide food for almost 500,000 people, as well as providing over 100,000 blankets, 26,000 mosquito nets, 28,000 kitchen sets, 13,000 hygiene kits and 6,000 jerry cans to the operation. In addition, it donated more than 90,000 tarpaulins, 12,000 shelter tool kits and 1,500 tents, providing emergency shelter for 325,500 people.

As the floods moved south, the British Red Cross sent a team of logistics specialists to Sindh and Punjab provinces, who co-ordinated the arrival and dispatch of relief items for four months. With public health being one of the biggest threats to survivors of Pakistan’s floods, we also deployed a team of sanitation and hygiene specialists to the hard-hit Sindh province. These teams then handed over to colleagues in Pakistan.

Two of the mobile health clinics that the British Red Cross already supports in Pakistan, as part of an ongoing healthcare programme, were also deployed to help with the relief operation in one of the worst-affected parts of the Balochistan province.

Read how the British Red Cross helped Pakistan recover

Find out how we responded to the 2011 Pakistan Floods

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