Up to 2.5 million children have been affected by new monsoon floods in southern Pakistan, and need immediate help.

Heavy monsoon rains and floods are affecting at least five million people across Pakistan, with Sindh province in the south of the country bearing the brunt of the disaster.

Nearly one million homes have been destroyed or damaged, causing many people to be stuck or stranded along roadsides.

Over 200,000 people are now staying in more than 1,400 relief camps, consisting primarily of government schools, buildings and makeshift tented settlements.

Last year Pakistan experienced the worst floods in the country’s history

"Many are experiencing the devastating effects of a flood emergency for the second time in a year," said Dan Rohrmann of UNICEF Pakistan, "And once again, children are the most vulnerable in any emergency."

Key areas of concern for children right now include access to health and nutrition, safe drinking water and protection.

We are working closely with disaster management authorities in Pakistan and other UN agencies to assess humanitarian needs.

The emergency response will be coordinated by UN agencies, the Pakistani government, and local Pakistani organisations. 

"We will ensure that vulnerable children receive essential assistance both during and after this emergency," Rohrmann said.

 
A boy washes his face at a UNICEF-supported water source, in a camp for people displaced by the 2010 floods in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2736/Marta Ramoneda
A boy washes his face at a UNICEF-supported water source, in a camp for people displaced by the 2010 floods in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2736/Marta Ramoneda