Farmers in southern Pakistan face worse flooding than last year

Farmers in southern Pakistan face worse flooding than last year

23/09/2011

FAO seeks $18.9 million to prevent escalating losses in rural areas - Urgent donor support is needed to help farmers in southern Pakistan hit by rain and floods that are worse than last year's devastating flooding, FAO said today. The Organization is seeking $18.9 million to address the most time-critical needs of millions of rural families in Sindh and Balochistan provinces.

FAO's call for funds is part of the latest UN appeal for Pakistan, and aims to provide emergency livestock support and critical agriculture packages to over 300 000 needy families. Heavy monsoon rains that began in mid-August destroyed or damaged 73 percent of crops and 67 percent of food stocks in affected districts of Sindh province, and have killed nearly 78 000 head of livestock. Millions of people are destitute and face an uncertain and food-insecure future.

This catastrophe struck before families affected by last year's flooding were able to even start recovering - especially as Sindh did not receive as much assistance as other provinces in 2010. The floods and rain deepen the risk of losing more vital livestock assets and, for some, missing another opportunity to plant wheat and other essential crops.