Islamabad, 16 July 2022 (TDI): Islamic Relief UK provided assistance in the form of food and shelter to families in need as a result of flash floods that have left people injured and displaced in Pakistan.

In flood-related casualties, 31 people lost their lives in Sindh and 23 people lost their lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in recent days.

Additionally, floods across Pakistan also damaged thousands of houses with homes in Karachi also filled with sewage water.

Pakistan’s vulnerabilities

Pakistan has one of the world’s largest populations. Also, Pakistan has one of the world’s largest populations of refugees. Almost 1.4 million refugees are in Pakistan from Afghanistan.

24% of the population is in extreme poverty and 1/5th of the population is starving. Over 50% of people over the age of 15 are illiterate.

Communities in Pakistan struggle to survive due to poor health conditions, contaminated water sources, and a shortage of water.

High levels of poverty exist throughout the wide population of Pakistan. Therefore, Pakistan’s social vulnerability also drives disaster risk.

Notably, Pakistan’s vulnerability is ranked 37 out of 191 and is driven by its high rates of multidimensional poverty.

Islamic Relief in Pakistan

Islamic Relief collaborates with communities in Pakistan to implement creative and significant initiatives for disaster preparedness and climate change.

In particular, Islamic Relief is also building rainwater collection structures and providing training in climate-adaptive farming for better livelihood.

Likewise, the organization has been assisting people in Azad Jammu and Kashmir to adjust to the consequences of climate change so that their crops remain safe from drought.

In addition to helping communities, Islamic Relief provides a variety of seasonal aid including Ramadan and Qurbani food aid.

As well as food and non-food items for families during the months of cold winter. The ‘1:1 child sponsorship programme’ in addition ensures that children have critical access to education, nutritional support, and medical care.

Above all, in 2005, Islamic Relief received an award from the Pakistani Government for their relief efforts during the earthquake.

In conclusion, the highest feasible community protection is a priority for Islamic Relief in post-flood restoration programs. Thus, the organization has been involved in responding to floods in other countries as well.