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.

In the weeks and months following the earthquake, families returned home to face ruined crops, damaged property and contaminated, mosquito-infested water. Lack of access to clean water toilets, healthcare and clothing meant that children were at risk of disease.

Thanks to donations, Unicef was able to provide safe drinking water, run special feeding centres to treat malnutrition across the country, provide life-saving vaccinations and provide temporary learning centres for children who couldn't 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