Inicio  > Crisis > Pakistan floods 2010

FAO in emergencies app

Download now!

Connect with us

Pakistan floods 2010

Pakistan floods 2010

The 2010 floods in Pakistan were one of the most devastating natural disasters of our times – described as a slow motion tsunami. Beginning in late July, unexpectedly severe monsoon rains caused flash and riverine floods which combined to affect almost one-fifth of the country’s land mass, an area larger than Greece.

The humanitarian impact was immense. The disaster affected more than 20 million people, claimed nearly 2 000 lives and destroyed 1.6 million homes and key infrastructure in 78 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh.

Agriculture – the basic livelihood for 80 percent of the affected population – was hardest hit, with the loss of 2.4 million hectares of unharvested crops, and damages estimated at USD 5.1 billion. The devastated area included a large portion of Pakistan’s most fertile land, including the breadbasket province of Punjab, and already vulnerable communities.

The disaster struck at a crucial point in the agricultural calendar. Not only was it just before the harvest of spring (kharif) planted crops, such as cotton, rice, maize, vegetables and sugar cane, but was also within weeks of the critical winter wheat (rabi) planting season. Livestock surviving the flood waters lacked feed, veterinary support and shelter. With existing and future sources of food and income washed away, there was urgency to prevent a domino effect, compounding already severe losses.

Rising to the challenge

It was vital to ensure existing heavy losses were not compounded further. Farmers needed quality seeds to plant wheat – the country’s largest staple crop – from October to December, as well as inputs to prevent further livestock deaths. On-farm irrigation structures needed cleaning and repair to ensure the survival of future crops. The response required extensive coordination, planning and a sustained effort in a very constrained timeframe.

In this race against time, FAO and partners working together in the Agriculture Cluster reached over 10 million people – equivalent to 1.4 million farming families – across Pakistan within six months. This achievement was the result of unprecedented collaboration among humanitarian and governmental partners, strong connections with local communities and rapid support from the donor community. Through these efforts, vital livestock resources were preserved and the wheat planting season was possible, rather than delayed by a year.

Related Topics

 - Since March 2011, violence in Syria has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and injured countless civilians.As of December 2014, over 50 percent of the population has fled their homes, ...READ MORE
 - Agriculture plays an important role in Nepal’s economy, but the country’s small-scale producers face many challenges. Access to quality inputs, decent roads, irrigation and markets is patchy. Natural disasters destroy ...READ MORE
 - Una delegación de alto nivel de directivos y antiguas estrellas del fútbol europeo visitará los proyectos de TeleFood en El Cairo, Egipto, el miércoles 14 de ...read more
13/01/2009
 - Tras la detección del virus Ebola-Reston en cerdos en Filipinas, la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO), la Organización Mundial ...read more
23/12/2008
 - La declaratoria de emergencia del Gobierno del Perú de Junio 2008 motivada por las bajas temperaturas afectando a 11 departamentos y 40 provincias del país, alertó ...read more
15/12/2008
 - Otros 40 millones de personas han sido abocadas al hambre este año debido principalmente al alza de los precios alimentarios, según las cifras preliminares dadas a ...read more
09/12/2008
 - Las comunidades de pequeños agricultores y alpaqueros de subsistencia en las zonas altoandinas más afectadas por las bajas temperaturas del 2008 en el Perú, empiezan a ...read more
08/12/2008
 - Cerca del 40 por ciento de la población de la Republica Popular Democrática de Corea, unos 8,7 millones de personas -en su mayor parte niños pequeños, ...read more
08/12/2008
 - El calentamiento de los océanos, los frecuentes ciclones tropicales, las lluvias torrenciales y las sequías tendrán un efecto devastador en los sistemas de producción alimentaria de ...read more
02/12/2008
 - Tras años de pérdidas masivas de cosechas provocadas por un virus devastador, los campesinos vuelven a cosechar mandioca sana -uno de los alimentos básicos en África- ...read more
13/11/2008
 - Representantes de los principales países productores de trigo han pedido una acción coordinada urgente para prevenir y combatir una cepa de la enfermedad de la roya ...read more
12/11/2008
 - Estados Unidos proporcionará 44,4 millones de USD adicionales a favor de la campaña de la FAO para prevenir y combatir la gripe aviar, según anunció hoy la ...read more
11/11/2008