Karachi, Pakistan is experiencing its heaviest rainfall since 1931.
Pakistan has faced floods before, but not like this. This monsoon season is one of the heaviest floods in the last 89 years. And it is incredibly difficult for those in inadequate living conditions. Throughout Pakistan, over 100 people have died in the past few days due to the flooding.
Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city, with a population of over 16 million people.
Shocking images are seen throughout Karachi from the devastating impacts of the mass flooding. Of the 484 mm of rainfall in August 2020, 233 mm of that rainfall was in JUST 12 hours.
How does rainfall affect a city and its people?
In areas where infrastructure is weak, rainwater can overflow dry ravines and drains, causing a flood into the main roads.
When these flooded roads occur in low socio-economic areas, such as slums, villages, or densely-populated neighbourhoods, it can significantly disrupt those living there.
Roads are completely submerged underwater, forcing many residents to be at a complete standstill. Imagine being injured during a natural disaster and not able to go to the hospital because of the several feet of water that acts as a significant barrier.
Houses, buildings, businesses, vehicles, walls, bridges, drainage systems and roadways that allow access have been destroyed and crushed by this mighty flood. Not to mention the dangers of short-circuit wires and electrocution when it comes to water.
This disaster also means significant and long power outages, disrupting the livelihoods of those who are already facing a pandemic.
Floods bring more than just destroyed property. They increase the risk of disease and illness in a community.
What would you do if you didn’t have clean drinking water?
On August 29th, 2020, 6 districts of Karachi are now “disaster areas.” Many of the underground water tanks that supply drinking water are now destroyed. The consequences of limited drinking water are enormous. So, where do people go if there is no freshwater? Unfortunately, they resort to drinking and using contaminated water. Usually, that dirty water is the stagnant, non-moving water coming from a flood.
A man walking in stagnant, contaminated water with his children.
Stagnant water attracts mosquitoes carrying diseases such as malaria, diarrhea and hepatitis. Those most vulnerable, such as children, pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities, are at the highest risk of developing health problems.
Donate a Relief Emergency Kit with the Karachi Floods Emergency Appeal
One effective way of helping the people of Karachi is providing an Emergency Relief Kit.
Each kit will provide warm meals, emergency tools (such as a fan, light and sleeping bags) and a basket with one month’s food worth.
For only $110, you can donate a relief kit for a family in need. HCI also provides options to donate $550 for 5 families and $1100 for 10 families [here].
Donate to Human Concern International’s Water for Life Campaign.
HCI is on the ground in Pakistan, and also many other countries around the world, providing relief to those who need it most. Through our Water for Life Campaign, your support can help repair a broken water line or drain, insert a new water pump, or implement a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) program.
HCI’s WASH program strives to increase water access by improving infrastructure, sanitation facilities, and teaching good hygiene practices. Programs like these are critical in combating the effects of natural disasters, like the floods in Karachi, and can help communities build social & infrastructural resiliency for the long term.
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September 02, 2020
Human Concern International