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Pakistan: 6 months of flood relief

Pakistan: 6 Months After The Floods

The floods in Pakistan began in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region following heavy monsoon rains at the end of July 2010.

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The floodwaters cascaded southward along the Indus River inundating the towns and cities in its path.

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As the floods raged across the country, WFP launched a massive food relief operation to feed some 5.2 million people who had lost their homes and livelihoods.

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Women and small children were provided with nutritional support to protect them from succumbing to malnutrition.

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WFP faced huge logistical challenges in mounting its relief effort, from the massive scale of the disaster to a constantly shifting landscape where roads would be open one day and flooded the next.

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WFP faced huge logistical challenges in mounting its relief effort, from the massive scale of the disaster to a constantly shifting landscape where roads would be open one day and flooded the next.

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WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran visited the country at the end of August to meet with the flood victims and get a first-hand look at the devastation.

 

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After the floods, Pakistani farmers faced what WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran described as a "triple threat" of lost crops, lost seeds and lost income.

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In addition to destroyed towns and farms, another legacy of the floods was wrecked infrastracture. Here, a group of men use a makeshift pulley bridge to cross the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan.

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Bolders and debris swept down by the force of the floodwaters, which swept away a bridge over the Swat River in northern Pakistan.

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Men use a raft to cross the Swat River in northern Pakistan at the side where a bridge once stood before the flood.

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A girl from the eastern Punjab region at a tent camp where her family was forced to flee after their farming village was washed away. Punjab is the "bread basket" of Pakistan.

 

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As the floods wore on, WFP used every tool at its disposal to bring food the hungry. Here, food for a group of flood victims in Punjab is unloaded from a hovercraft.

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A hovercraft speeds across the floodwaters in Punjab to bring food to a group of flood victims who have been cut off by road.

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By late autumn, the flood waters had receded in much of the country and people like this woman in Punjab began to rebuild. WFP is helping them get back on their feet by making ensuring that their basic needs were provided for.

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While the floodwaters had receded across the country by winter, they remained high in the southern Sindh province where many families were still living in tents and subsisting on food rations from WFP.

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As Pakistan looks towards rebuilding, "food for work" and "cash for work" programmes across the country are providing for people's basic needs while they clear roads, repair bridges and go back to their fields.

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As Pakistan looks towards rebuilding, "food for work" and "cash for work" programmes across the country are providing for people's basic needs while they clear roads, repair bridges and go back to their fields.

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These photos highlight key moments from WFP's operation to bring food and other assistance to flood victims in Pakistan - from the emergency aid in the early days of the disaster to the support currently being given to comunity projects designed to rebuild infrastructure and reclaim land.