PAKISTAN, 10 Aug – A MapAction team is flying out from the UK in response to the floods that are affecting much of Pakistan.
MapAction has been on standby for several days waiting for appropriate clearances to travel to Pakistan. Two MapAction volunteers are now on their way as part of a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team.
As flooding spreads southwards from the initial impact in the north-west, practically every province in Pakistan is either affected or forecast to be soon. At time of deployment, approaching 14 million people are suffering from the effects of the worst monsoon rains in 80 years. With such massive humanitarian needs for food, clean water, emergency healthcare and other resources, across a huge area of the country, good analysis of geographical priorities becomes essential for the most effective aid response.
This is the fourth time that MapAction team members have deployed to Pakistan since the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Last year, a team worked alongside UN and other agencies responding to the humanitarian consequences of the counter-insurgency conflict in the north-west, the same area that is the focus of the current flood crisis.
Further details on the deployment and current maps will be published on the Pakistan Floods deployment page. A list of some of the resources that have been used for this emergency can be found here – Pakistan Resources.
All maps can also be found at – Pakistan Response – where maps for this emergency will continue to be published.