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Emergency Response 2010

After heavy monsoon rains in 2010, Pakistan was ravaged by severe floods that affected more than 20 million people—a higher number than any other known disaster in the recent years—and damaged 1.7 million houses in all four provinces.

CARE Pakistan launched an immediate response to protect the lives of the most affected people, meet their urgent needs, reduce the impact of the floods, and safeguard livelihoods. Working with local partner organizations, CARE reached 1,028,683 beneficiaries in the eight worst affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and South Punjab through health; shelter; water, sanitation and hygiene; food, agriculture and livelihood; and psychosocial interventions.

Sector/Nature of Interventions




  • Provision of emergency, primary, reproductive, and mother and child healthcare;
  • Training of 60 (TBAs) and other health staff;
  • Provision of human resources, equipment and medicines to government health facilities; and
  • Rehabilitation or reconstruction of damaged health facilities.


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

  • Provision of clean drinking water;
  • Reconstruction or rehabilitation of latrines;
  • Construction of hand washing places and bathing facilities;
  • Reconstruction or rehabilitation of government water supply schemes and sanitation schemes;
  • Construction of solid waste disposal points; and
  • Promotion of health and hygiene.



  • Distribution of tents and NFIs;
  • Construction of permanent shelters; and
  • Rental support.


Food, Agriculture and Livelihood

  • Payment of cash for work;
  • Disbursement of cash grants;
  • Distribution of seeds, fertilizer and agricultural tools; and
  • Provision of training in farming and non-farming skills


Psychosocial Support

  • Psychosocial support through counseling sessions;
  • Construction of woman- and child-friendly spaces;
  • Reconstruction and rehabilitation of playgrounds; and