Torrential monsoon rain over the past five weeks has forced four million people from their homes following flooding in the Sindh province of Pakistan.
With the help of the National Rural Support Programme (NSRP), over 2,400 prepositioned ShelterBoxes have already been deployed from Badin over the last two weeks with a further 448 boxes to arrive in Karachi today.
Heavy monsoon rains have inundated southern Sindh province, which was severely affected by last year's floods. The devastation of the monsoon rains has been compounded by breaches to a series of canals on the left-bank of the Indus river. The resulting floods have already destroyed a million homes with 2,600 villages being submerged across 19 districts.
Monsoon rains are still forecast for next week meaning floodwaters are not residing and families will continue to be affected.
Mark Pearson, ShelterBox field operations specialist, said: ‘The floods have only worsened the situation that we witnessed last year. We are fortunate to have prepositioned stock within the region, which means the speed and efficiency of our response has been maximised.
‘However, the need for more aid will remain constant long after the monsoon season finishes as many families will remain homeless.’
The Pakistan government has declared the floods as an official emergency and are asking the international aid community to respond urgently.
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