24 July, 2015 - Pakistan floods: Plan ready to respond to humanitarian emergency
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As severe monsoon rains fuel flooding across Pakistan, international child rights and humanitarian development NGO Plan International is aiding evacuation procedures preparing urgent humanitarian aid including child protection measures and emergency shelter, water, and sanitation relief.

All four provinces in Pakistan have been hit with severe flooding, which has displaced more than 500,000 people, destroyed houses, and resulted in several deaths. Flooding is expected to get worse and affect many more in the coming days, with forecasts for continued strong rain across the country.

“Many of these communities already live in extreme poverty, and the communities that are being displaced are already among the most vulnerable in Pakistan,” said Rashid Javed, Country Director for Plan International Pakistan.

“Children are particularly vulnerable when families get displaced and have to evacuate their homes, and making sure that children’s core needs around shelter, child protection, health care, and water, sanitation, and hygiene are Plan International Pakistan’s core priorities,” said Javed.

Plan International is currently assisting in rescue and evacuation operations in Punjab and has operations in several of the districts affected by the flooding, and has emergency supplies prepositioned in several locations around the country.

“With our extensive links with communities, local partners, government, and emergency responders, Plan International is ready to respond with urgent aid for children and communities affected by this emergency,” Javed added.

In recent years Pakistan has been devastated by successive waves of destructive flooding, including in 2010 when 20 million people were affected and almost 2 million homes destroyed. The current heavy rains and resulting floods are early in the monsoon season, and there are fears that the current humanitarian situation could worsen substantially if flooding continues.

Editors’ notes:

Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world, founded 77 years ago, working in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas and supported by 21 donor countries. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Media contact: Adam Cathro, Plan International Australia, Media Relations Manager, 0488 202 945