In 2010, severe flooding affected over 20 million people in Pakistan, around half of them children. It was a humanitarian disaster of unprecedented scale, affecting more people than the 2004 tsunami, Haiti earthquake and previous Pakistan earthquake combined.

There are currently 5.06 million people affected with 160,000 living in temporary shelter across the country.It is critical to reach both those that have returned to their home areas, as well as those residing in settlements.

Families have returned home to face ruined crops, damaged property and contaminated, mosquito-infested water. Lack of access to clean water increases the risk of water-borne and other diseases, such as malaria, measles, diarrhoea, polio and pneumonia.

Availability of basic shelter, safe drinking water, sanitation, health care and warm clothes and bedding, vital as winter approaches, are limited increasing children's exposure to illnesses.

As well as providing safe drinking water, UNICEF operates therapeutic feeding sites to treat malnutrition across the country, delivers immunisation programmes and provides temporary learning centres for children who cannot attend school.

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Lali Kaur, 13, holds onto her baby sister. Lali and her family are staying in a temporary shelter in Shikarpur, Pakistan, where UNICEF are providing assistance with clean drinking water and immunisations.  © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1313/Asad Zaidi
Lali Kaur, 13, holds onto her baby sister. Lali and her family are staying in a temporary shelter in Shikarpur, Pakistan, where UNICEF are providing assistance with clean drinking water and immunisations. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-1313/Asad Zaidi