Pakistan Humanitarian Forum and National Humanitarian Network Joint Press Release
Islamabad, September 13, 2011 – The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) welcomes the Government’s recent decision to launch a joint humanitarian response in Sindh, the province most affected by recent monsoon rains, where over five million people in 22 out of 23 districts are affected by flooding. In addition to the 270 people reportedly killed, over 500 have been injured.
THE 2010 MONSOON BEGINS
Late July 2010 marked a particularly tragic period in Pakistan’s history. In the north, three days of unstoppable rain caused the Indus River to swell, creating a massive body of water that moved from the Himalayas, southwards to the Arabian Sea. The effects on the country’s already impoverished population and infrastructure were immediate and catastrophic. As the disaster unfolded it was to become more destructive than the Haiti earthquake and the Japan tsunami combined.