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Pakistan Floods 2011 - Executive Brief 21 September 2011
The monsoon floods have affected over 8 million people, damaged/destroyed nearly 1.5 million homes and killed 361 people in Sindh province, as of 21 September. The destruction of standing crops and production inputs has wiped out farmers’ present and future sources of food and income. For many communities, this compounds losses from last year’s floods, which receded too late in many areas of Sindh to allow for Rabi (winter) wheat planting. Damage to irrigation is a major concern as around 80 percent of wheat planted in Sindh is irrigated. Delayed action will lead to worsening food security, increased public health threats, loss of land tenure agreements due to farmers’ inability to pay the debts contracted during the 2011 Kharif (spring) planting season, extended population displacement and longer-term dependence on external food assistance.
FAO is seeking USD 18.9 million to address time-critical needs to save, protect and restore agriculture-based livelihoods – the way of life of 80% of people in affected areas – under the Pakistan Floods Rapid Response Plan 2011.