Pakistan floods: one year on

One year after unprecedented monsoon floods swept through Pakistan, millions of people continue to live in makeshift shelters; vulnerable and exposed to the threat of further flooding during the current monsoon season.

“Many families have not yet had the chance to rebuild their homes,” says Nilofar Bakhtiar, chair of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS). “It will not take a lot of rain this year to leave them in a very precarious situation.”

Last year’s floods hit the poorest of the poor and had a devastating impact on the economy. The cost of bricks quadrupled, making it impossible for flood survivors to effectively rebuild their homes. Families instead scraped together what materials they could salvage, piecing together rudimentary shelters that offer little protection against the harsh Pakistan climate.

Over the previous 12 months, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has been active in the country supporting relief efforts, providing emergency shelter support and, most importantly, providing opportunities for affected people to reestablish their livelihoods and prepare for the future.

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