The monsoon season – the latest sign that our climate crisis is once again becoming humanitarian – has hit Pakistan and is leaving its wake.
The deadly flood is the result of an eight-week storm, unstoppable, and floodwaters that swept away homes and entire villages, destroying nearly 4 million hectares of crops and other resources, and killing more than 1,100 people, according to the Associated Press. The weather has affected at least 33 million people.
Although monsoons and floods are common in tropical regions and countries bordering the Indian Ocean, cyclones are becoming more dangerous. This new temperature is the result of global warming, which makes the atmosphere more watery and causes more precipitation. Flooding is at an all-time high, and climate scientists expect these floods and other extreme weather events to increase significantly.
In addition, not everyone rushed to help areas in Pakistan trying to survive the floods, despite being the fifth most populous country in the world and one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. On Aug. 30, the United Nations issued a request to international governments asking for additional aid beyond the UN pledge of $160 million.
The events of the current disaster show the real inequality of the world and, in particular, the climate crisis, as the countries that were colonized, the poor, and the “Global South” have the greatest problem of climate change and pollution.
In his request, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, also said the need for other countries to take action. “South Asia is one of the most climate-prone countries in the world. People living in these tropical regions are 15 times more likely to die from climate damage,” he said. “Today, it is Pakistan. Tomorrow, it could be your country.”
It is clear that it is the duty of world leaders like Mr. Guterres to address the growing disagreements over the economic and climate crisis. People can still help raise awareness in community-driven ways, remain aware of how our contributions can contribute to the same power imbalances, and reiterate that we need to start supporting those affected by climate change.
Floods in Pakistan: How to help aid agencies
The immediate needs of flood victims include emergency rescue, temporary shelter, and basic needs such as food, water, sanitation, and medical care. Local and international non-profits have been working hard to get these products to the public, working alongside government relief efforts.
The Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund 2022 is a joint appeal by the Government of Pakistan and the UN to address the needs of more than 5 million people. The fund allocates a UN pledge of $160 million to “food security, agricultural and livestock support, shelter and non-food shelters, nutrition programs, primary health care, security, water and sanitation, women’s health and education, and education.” for refugees.” People can also donate money to the fund.
International aid organizations are also working to reach the people on the ground to help rescue and rescue people stranded or trapped by the floods.
On Oga. 31, GoFundMe set up a fundraiser verification site overseen by their Trust & Safety team. This site also includes tips on how to start fundraising for your friends and family in Pakistan and how to choose donations for certified and non-profit organizations. GoFundMe accepts donations from all over the world, but only from people who live on the site supported countries can start a fundraiser.
For example, the Indus Relief 2022 GoFundMe supports families in Upper Sindh, as well as local organizations that work with vulnerable and vulnerable people, such as Legal Aid Society, Edhi Foundation, Child Life Foundation, and Indus Earth Trust. It was started by Pakistani writer and journalist Fatima Bhutto, an artist Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttoand a consultant to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia Menal Munshey, and you can find more information and updates about this fundraiser on his Instagram page.
CARE is an international non-profit organization working to end poverty, provide access to education, and address humanitarian issues at their root. Members of the organization are distributing emergency supplies, including tents, tarps, first aid kits, and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, soap, period items, and underwear, among other supplies. CARE Pakistan Country Director Adil Sheraz has appealed for public support to help “women, children, and people with special needs“in particular, those in need of temporary accommodation are essential. CARE has set up a donation center specifically for Pakistan’s flood relief, which will build sanitation kits, emergency toilet blocks, and temporary shelters.
Save the Children
By Aug. 30, the international humanitarian organization Save the Children, which focuses on protecting the rights of children, has sent humanitarian teams to the most affected areas, including Shikarpur and Jacobabad in Sindh, to distribute temporary shelters, equipment and household necessities . , sanitary and menstrual products, and food. Currently, Save the Children’s Emergency donations are not limited to flood relief in Pakistan in particular, but will go to a number of emergency projects.
The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee provides emergency assistance to refugees and those affected by humanitarian crises. The organization has carried out international assessments in Pakistan and says its aim is to provide safe drinking water, food, safe toilets for women and girls, hygiene products, and basic health care to those affected. Donations to the IRC support its many humanitarian projects in Pakistan and other conflict-affected areas. The donation provides medical care, first aid kits, and food.
The International Medical Corps
The International Medical Corps, the world’s first humanitarian aid organization for people affected by conflict, disaster, or disease, has partnered with the Department of Health in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh to provide essential medical care, water purification, and medical care. and other WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) services.
Local organizations, as always, are providing immediate support to their communities. if you can’t make international donations to non-profit organizations from Pakistan, consider sharing their work online to connect with organizations that can.
Alkhidmat Foundation is one of the leading non-profit organizations in the country, providing disaster, health, education, and social services, as well as financial assistance. Currently, the foundation is organizing relief efforts for flood victims such as medical and relief camps, freshly cooked meals and food supplies, and temporary tarps.
Legal Aid Society Pakistan
The Legal Aid Society of Pakistan is a non-profit organization established in 2013 to help underprivileged and underprivileged communities to access fair and equitable legal aid. The LAS team is collecting donations to distribute dry goods and other resources to help displaced families.
HERPakistan, founded in 2018 by Sana Lokhandwala and Sumaira Lokhandwala, is an education and advocacy non-profit that provides menstrual health, puberty, and health education and resources to girls around Pakistan. The organization is providing emergency assistance to girls and women affected by the crisis.
Karachi Relief Trust
Karachi Relief Trust is a voluntary disaster management organization established to help the victims of Cyclone Yemyin of 2007, which devastated parts of India and Pakistan. Since then, the organization has continued to provide basic necessities of life, shelter, medical assistance, and food to people affected by floods and other humanitarian crises. Currently, the organization is providing food, shelter, medicine, and household goods to people affected by the floods.
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Saylami Welfare International Trust was founded 22 years ago by Hazrat Allama Maulana Muhammad Bashir Farooqi to fight poverty and inequality in Pakistan. Since then it has established 600 chapters around the world to provide a variety of education, health, wellness, and disaster services. Currently, the trust is raising money to make and distribute food bags, sleeping bags, mosquito nets, and provide food and medical assistance to 200 affected people.
Keep sharing information about Pakistan floods
The lack of attention to the flood crisis in Pakistan for two months is a serious problem for local leaders, activists, and humanitarian organizations. In order to strengthen international support for those affected, people must develop the needs of the community. Follow climate influencers, like the Rise Up founder Vanessa Nakate or Fridays for future organizers Dominique Palmerand climate scientists, such as professors Katharine Hayhoe, Daniel Swainand Ed Hawkinswho are sharing information about these climate issues.
Volunteers and planners around the world have also created a Google flood relief website, which lists organizations and people who need help, as well as information such as where they are and how you can help them.
Promote aggressive climate policy
Flooding is a severe weather event if this continues – and there will be more. It is no longer a matter of personal choice, but a political matter that must be addressed aggressively and in a cross-cutting manner. Disasters like these will continue to affect different regions of the world in different, often catastrophic ways, perhaps without redistributing climate attention, money, and infrastructure.
In order to move beyond climate misinformation and economic and environmental inequality, we all need to listen and speak up. Become a local climate activist, join international protests, and donate to organizations that lobby people around the world for policy change.
This article will continue to be updated.