Response 2023

The 2023 floods in Punjab along the River Sutlej brought widespread devastation as the river swelled manifold to its highest level in 35 years. The Punjab Disaster Management Authority reported that over 500 villages were impacted affecting 61 union councils of 8 districts including Kasur, Okara, Pakpattan, Vehari, Lodhran, Multan, Bahawalnagar, and Bahawalpur. Earlier in 2022, Pakistan received unprecedented rainfall equivalent to nearly 3 to 5 times the national 30-year average, inundating one third of the country. According to sources, the floods caused massive devastation to the lives and livelihoods of the people in 90 districts across Pakistan.

90 districtsaffected
1,739 lives lost and 12,867 people injured
Over 2.2 million houses damaged
4.4 million * acres of crop area potentially damaged
1.1 million livestock perished
13,115 km of roads and 439 bridges damaged
(Sources: - NDMA Sitrep No 158, dated 18th Nov, 2022.)
* Pakistan floods 2022 post disaster need assessment report by Government of Pakistan.

In early August 2022, the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) swiftly initiated its Emergency Flood Relief Programme with an initial allocation of PKR 250 million. This response aimed to address the immediate needs of flood-affected communities, enhance their resilience to climate-induced disasters, and facilitate early recovery and rehabilitation. PPAF garnered substantial support from corporate, development, and individual partners. PPAF intends to extend its outreach by focusing on livelihoods restoration, rebuilding damaged houses, rehabilitating water supply schemes, enhancing health facilities, and repairing community infrastructure such as roads and drainage systems in flood-impacted areas. In October 2023, PPAF allocated an additional PKR 150 million to meet the urgent food needs of the families seriously affected by the floods in Districts Kasur, Okara, Bahawalpur, and Bahawalnagar in the River Sutlej region. To date PPAF over 83,000 flood affected households have benefited from the PPAF 2022 - 23 flood emergency response.