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Pakistan Floods 2011 - Executive Brief 12 December 2011
Around 3 million flood-affected, food-insecure people in Sindh and Balochistan provinces urgently need agricultural support. One out of three people have been struck by floods both this and last year. Standing crops, stored seed/grain and productive assets have been lost, leaving the population food insecure and unable to resume crop production. Depending on the crop, 63-100 percent of the expected Kharif (spring) production was lost in affected areas. Damage to irrigation is a concern as 80 percent of wheat planted in Sindh is irrigated.
FAO can prevent further livestock deaths and missed planting opportunities with timely donor support, saving families from a domino effect of continued losses. FAO seeks USD 18.9 million, out of overall Food Security Cluster funding requirements of nearly USD 174 million appealed for in the Pakistan Floods Rapid Response Plan 2011. Urgent funding is needed to assist 307 200 families by allowing for the immediate resumption of agricultural production once conditions (particularly water recession) allow and preventing further livestock losses.