A little over a week ago, on 18th September, the UN launched a Flash appeal requesting US$357 million in humanitarian funding meet the needs of 5.4 million people affected by flooding in Sindh and Balochistan provinces of Pakistan. After the first week, the appeal is 2.5% funded, having netted just US$9 million in firm funding commitments – and all of that from just one donor, Japan. A further US$6.3 million has been committed outside of the UN Flash appeal to meet needs associated with flooding in Pakistan to date.
Pakistan was severely affected by flooding in 2010 and a UN Flash appeal was launched on 11th August last year requesting an initial US$460 million to meet the needs of 14 million affected people. The scale of the flooding in 2010 was immense and unprecedented and an estimated 18 million people were ultimately affected.
While the scale of the disaster is smaller this year, it is still of a large scale disaster and the effects no less serious for the individuals affected. It may be that funding commitments are not yet captured within UN OCHA’s financial tracking service (FTS), but on the basis of the funding data we have so far, the donor response has been very limited, particularly in comparison with last year’s appeal.
Cumulative funding to UN Flash appeals for Pakistan in 2010 and 2011 (new commitments/contributions received in the weeks following the appeal launch date)
Source: UN OCHA FTS
For more information on the crisis, the ReliefWeb crisis page is regularly updated and the latest information on funding by cluster and by agency can be found on the UN OCHA FTS site. FAO has produced a map comparing affected areas in 2010 and 2011. We will continue to monitor funding to the crisis as more information becomes available.