The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is stepping up emergency efforts to assist the more than 33 million people impacted by the monsoon rains in Pakistan. The unprecedented heavy seasonal rainfall and consequent floods have killed more than 1,000 residents, including children, and displaced millions of people in the Sindh, Baluchistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions.
“ADRA International is dedicated to assisting the people of Pakistan in this time of hardship,” Mario Oliveira, director of emergency management for ADRA International, said. “The devastation caused by big floods is worse than in previous years. Our emergency response teams are already on the ground performing needs assessments to ensure displaced families are safe and have vital supplies.
“ADRA is mobilizing and already providing food packages and other supplies to help vulnerable women, children, and the elderly,” Oliveira added.
Surface flash floods destroyed infrastructure, roads, and bridges, as well as more than 600,000 dwellings, leaving at least 30 million people without shelter, gas, or power. This corresponds to 15 percent of the overall population living in the open on highways, on higher land, or on top of home rubble. Access to vital health services is also a concern, since more than 800 medical facilities have been disrupted, and disease outbreaks are becoming more likely.
“ADRA is collaborating with Karachi Adventist Hospital, which has already established a mobile medical clinic in the region to ensure communities have access to medical care. There is an increased risk of typhoid, dysentery, dengue fever, malaria, and COVID-19 when there is heavy rainfall and damaged sanitary infrastructure, so it is critical to provide essential health services to flood-affected populations,” Josue Orellana, ADRA International’s director for health, nutrition, and water sanitation and hygiene, said.
ADRA International is among the leading international organizations responding to the Pakistan flood catastrophe featured on USAID’s Center for International Disaster Information website.