Pakistan Floods 2010: Latest Facts, News, Photos & Maps

Flooding has submerged whole villages within the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The flooding began in July 2010, killing at least 1,600 people, according to the UN. Twelve million are affected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces, while a further two million are affected in Sindh. Compounding the severity of the natural disaster is the devastation caused by the floods to the nation's food supply. According to the federal flood commission, 1.4m acres (557,000 hectares) of crop land has been flooded across the country and more than 10,000 cows have perished.¹The flooding, created by record-breaking rainfalls, caused massive destruction in the past week, especially in the northwest province, where officials said it was the worst deluge since 1929.² The world body estimates that hundreds of millions - possibly reaching into the billions to restore livelihoods over the long run - will be required in the coming months for relief operations. The UN said that until the flooding recedes, it will be nearly impossible to assess damage and deliver urgently-needed supplies to people in the hardest-hit areas.³


One Year Later

Flood Facts

  • – Floods have affected about one-fifth of the country (nearly 62,000 square miles) NY Times
  • – Nearly 20 million people have been significantly affected NY Times
  • – One study puts the total cost of the flood damage at $7.1 billion NY Times
  • – More than 400 health care facilities have been destroyed NY Times
  • – More than 5,000 miles of roads and railways have been washed away NY Times
  • – 7,000 schools have been destroyed NY Times
  • – Eight million people are in urgent need now NY Times
  • – 1,500 dead; Afghan refugee camps ruined BBC
  • – 1,270 official death toll; 474 still missing Xinhua News
  • – 1,600 casualties UN
  • – 2.6 million acres of crop land inundated UN
  • – 14,000 cattle dead UN
  • – 14 million people affected CNN
  • – 1,245 confirmed casualties CNN
  • – 1,334 people injured CNN
  • – 337,282 people rescued CNN
  • – 302,000 houses damaged CNN

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Disaster & Emergency Management

  • Billions of Dollars Needed for Pakistan's Flood Victims VOA
  • Number of people affected by Pakistan floods climbs to 6 million UN
  • US Response to Pakistan's Flooding Disaster US Deparment of State
  • Pakistan flooding: UN relief agencies forced to suspend rescue operations Telegraph
  • Pakistan flood aid pledged, country by country Guardian
  • Oxfam: Pakistan Floods 2010 Oxfam

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