As of today, one third of Pakistan has been completely covered by water, as a result of consistent heavy rain over the past few months, that killed more than 1,100 people and displaced even more in the South Asian country. More than one million homes have been destroyed or damaged by the flooding, leaving thousands of people homeless amid Pakistan’s destructive monsoon season that began in June, and is comparable to the devastating floods of 2010— the deadliest in Pakistan’s history, which left more than 2,000 people dead.
According to reports, Pakistan is the eighth most-at-risk country globally from the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events, though it produces less than 1% of greenhouse gas emissions. “Let’s stop sleepwalking towards the destruction of our planet by climate change. Today, it’s Pakistan. Tomorrow, it could be your country,” said Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.
On Monday, Pakistan’s climate change minister Sherry Rehman described the situation as a “climate-induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.”
As people struggle to gain access to necessities and basic human rights such as food, shelter, and medicine, Pakistan has appealed for financial aid from international organizations and charities. The first Emirati relief aid plane flew on Monday morning to Pakistan and will be followed by several more in the coming days to provide support; while on Saturday, the UK government announced it had allocated up to $1.8 million for the flood relief efforts.
Indeed, the suffering that the people of Pakistan are currently enduring is unimaginable and they need all the help they can get, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the organizations and charities currently taking donations to help with Pakistan flood relief that you can support.
The British charity has set up medical camps and is providing food parcels and emergency relief packs, that includes food, kitchen utensils, tents, and hygiene kits to address the immediate needs of the victims in some of the most affected parts of Pakistan. Donate here.
Pakistan Red Crescent Society
The charity has been at the forefront of relief efforts since the flooding first struck, with a volunteer force in place that could offer immediate relief to the victims, even in the most remote areas. Donate here.
Areas like Balochistan, Rawalpindi, and Sindh have been the worst affected by the consistent rainfall where flash floods swept away crops and damaged infrastructure including hospitals, roads, and bridges. Working closely with Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), the INGO is reaching out to those who need it most with tents, food packs, kitchen sets, and financial aid. Donate here.
Muslim Aid Pakistan
The non-profit governmental organization, with the help from Muslim Aid UK, USA, and the Start Network, has established its own flood emergency fund and assisted nearly 30,000 Pakistanis thus far. Donate here.
Alkhadimat Foundation Pakistan
The charity has disaster response teams on the ground in the most-affected areas in Pakistan to provide relief assistance such as food, tarpaulin sheets, and medical aid, among other non-food essential items. Donate here.