Pakistan was devasted by one of the worst
floods in history this year, displacing over 21 million people.
As a result of heavy monsoon
rains in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan regions of Pakistan, over two thousand people died and over a million homes were
destroyed. The United Nations estimates that more than 21 million people were injured or
homeless, exceeding the combined total of individuals affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. At one point, approximately one-fifth of
Pakistan's total land area was underwater due to the flooding
AKU worked with national and international agencies to
provide health and rehabilitative services in camps sites across Sindh and
Baluchistan. AKU nurses, including nurses from the Rho
Delta chapter, responded quickly to the call for help and offered their
services health camps and as part of health teams that went into the field.
The magnitude and impact of the calamity was widespread,
both across time as well as economy and geography. National and international
government and non-government organizations continue to respond to the disaster.
However, the needs are enormous; a lack of basic resources, proper housing,
clean drinking water and sanitation, agriculture damages, food shortages,
destruction of infrastructure and health care facilities.