UNICEF is reaching hundreds of thousands of families with life-saving assistance in Pakistan, after monsoon floods hit the country for the second year in a row.

Together with our aid partners, we've been able to provide almost 210,000 people with clean water supplies every day. Hygeine supplies – such as buckets, soap, and water purification tablets – are also being distributed to more than 100,000 people. 

But that's not all. We've also been able to set up temporary learning centres for 45,000 children, provide healthcare and advice to pregnant and breasfeeding mothers, and helped to open over 20 new care facilities for severely malnourished children.

However, UNICEF is now facing a major funding shortfall as we increase our humanitarian assistance plans to meet the needs of the hundreds of thousands of children and women displaced by the floods.

We're appealing to the international community for US$50.3 million to cover the immediate needs of children and women for six months. More relief supplies for health, nutrition and water are urgently needed but cannot be purchased without additional funds. 

"Time is of the essence to save lives," said UNICEF Pakistan Representative, Dan Rohrmann. 

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On 22 September, 10-year-old Asma stands outside her family’s flood-damaged home in Allahdad Awan Village, in Sindh Province. © UNICEF/NYHQ2011-1531/Asad Zaidi