In 2011, Pakistan was still recovering from the impact of the 2010 floods – the worst to hit the country in 80 years – when more heavy rains and floods caused widespread destruction to homes, livelihoods and agricultural land. High levels of stagnant water made it hard to reach affected communities, and people were increasingly at risk of catching waterborne or mosquito-borne diseases.
Around 350 people died, and 7.5 million people were affected. Around 500,000 people moved to temporary relief camps, where they faced severe overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.
The Pakistan Red Crescent, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, reached more than 315,000 people with food and non-food distributions, emergency health services, and water and sanitation.
The IFRC and other Red Cross National Societies, including the British Red Cross, supported the Pakistan Red Crescent response.
Although the appeal has now closed, the Red Cross continues to help people in Pakistan recover from the floods.