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Pakistan Floods 2011 - Executive Brief 7 October 2011
Heavy monsoon rains beginning in mid-August have led to severe flooding in southern Pakistan. Sindh province has been hardest hit, with nearly all of the deaths, casualties and damages caused by the floods, spread across all 23 districts. The floods have affected over 9.3 million people, damaged/destroyed more than 1.5 million homes and killed over 450 people in Sindh province and Balochistan, as of 3 October. Surviving livestock are stranded, facing parasite infestation, disease and feed shortages. Standing crops, stored seed/grain and productive assets have been lost, leaving the population food insecure and unable to resume crop production. Recurrent floods demonstrate the need for consistent levels of funding for disaster mitigation activities.
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 (over 2.15 million people) by preventing further livestock losses and Allowing for the immediate resumption of agricultural production once conditions (particularly water recession) allow.