Pakistan has been enduring severe monsoon weather since June 2022. As of 1 September, rainfall in the country is equivalent to 2.9 times the national 30-year average. This has caused widespread flooding and landslides, with severe repercussions for human lives, property and infrastructure. To date, 80 districts across Pakistan have been declared ‘calamity hit’ by the Government of Pakistan. These numbers remain dynamic given the ongoing rains, and the number of calamity-declared districts is expected to increase.
Southern and central Pakistan have been most affected, particularly Balochistan and Sindh provinces. Balochistan has received 5.35 times its 30-year average rainfall as of 1 September, while Sindh’s is 5.6 times its 30-year average. Hill torrents occurred in Balochistan, Sindh and south Punjab, while most districts of Sindh were inundated, with water unlikely to recede soon.
The Government of Pakistan is leading the humanitarian response for people in the affected areas, supported by the UN and humanitarian partners. The Government is working to ensure aid for some 33 million people who will require some form of assistance. To complement this effort, the UN and the international humanitarian community aim to support and protect some 5.2 million people in Pakistan over the next six months under the 2022 Pakistan Floods Response Plan.