Pakistan: Assessment of Flood Affected Population, 2011 - 2012 (as of 30 March 2012)
Pakistan is a disaster prone country and encounters various natural or anthropogenic disasters every year which result in huge human, economic and financial losses. Floods are the major cause of these losses. The 2010 monsoon floods were the worst in Pakistan’s recorded history, and were followed by further flooding in the south of the country only one year later. Securing timely information on the affected population is vital to planning a humanitarian response and optimally allocating available resources. Typically, this follows on-the-ground assessments and is often too late to contribute to initial planning. The current system of assessing the affected population is not making the best use of available technology, especially the power of geo-spatial data analysis to address such problems.