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WFP supported over 180,000 flood-hit people in seven districts of Sindh in 2023

This critical support was made possible through a EUR 3 million contribution from EU's Humanitarian Aid Operations Department

By Mehtab Haider
February 22, 2024
Flood affectees can be seen walking into floodwater in Sindh after devastating floods in 2022. — AFP/File
Flood affectees can be seen walking into floodwater in Sindh after devastating floods in 2022. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) supported over 180,000 vulnerable flood-affected people through multipurpose cash interventions in seven districts of Sindh in 2023.

This critical support was made possible through a EUR 3 million contribution from the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid Operations Department. According to a statement issued here on Wednesday, stating that the WFP’s cash support has been a lifeline for families in Jamshoro, Matiari, Mirpurkhas, Noushero Feroz, Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad and Umerkot those hardest hit by the catastrophic floods. The assistance has enabled them to secure food, healthcare, education and shelter. In addition, many households have not only used the cash for their immediate needs but also to rebuild their businesses and other livelihoods that were interrupted or destroyed by the floods.

“Over one and a half years later, many people still struggle to cope with the losses caused by the devastating 2022 floods. Together with partners like the WFP, the EU supported the most vulnerable people with emergency assistance at a critical time. Pakistan is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, and helping local communities after a disaster as well as preparing them to face future climate shocks has become a top priority for us,” says Tahini Thammannagoda, head of EU Humanitarian Aid in Pakistan.

“The 2022 floods left a lasting scar on the lives and livelihoods of the people of Pakistan. With support of humanitarian actors and donors like the EU, flood-affected communities were provided with vital lifesaving and sustaining cash and food assistance. Now is the time to invest in enhancing resilience ahead of future shocks. Building on the country’s positive examples, the WFP looks forward to enhanced partnerships towards our collective future of food security and nutrition for all,” says WFP Pakistan’s Representative and Country Director Coco Ushiyama.

More than 1,700 lost their lives in the 2022 floods which affected over 33 million people nationwide. The Sindh province, at heart of the Indus River basin, was the worst-affected province, accounting for nearly 70 per cent of total losses and damage. To support and complement the government’s relief and recovery efforts after the floods, the WFP leveraged its expertise in logistics, food and cash assistance and resilience-building to respond to the immediate needs and support the recovery of flood-affected people, thus helping communities rehabilitate critical community assets and livelihoods. As the flood response ended in December 2023, the WFP is now focusing on fostering long-term resilience against climate change, enhancing nutrition, strengthening food systems and providing vital support to government programs aimed at rebuilding and fortifying the affected communities for a more sustainable future.