The seemingly never-ending rains started in July 2010, and within a few weeks people in Pakistan experienced devastating floods and flash floods. International organisations estimate the extent of destruction in this country at $10.85 billion.
The floods were particularly devastating in the narrow mountain valleys in North Pakistan, where innumerable landslides destroyed houses, schools, roads, irrigation systems and fields.
Seed with future
Approximately 80 percent of the people living in these areas depend on local agriculture. Crops that were just about to be harvested were totally destroyed by the flood. Together with its partner organisation Lasoona, Welthungerhilfe has distributed seeds, seedlings, fertiliser and agricultural implements.
To ensure that farmers are able to produce food over the coming months and years on their own, they have received training in new ecological and soil-conserving growing techniques that enable them to bring in good harvests.
Standing on their own feet
In addition, roads and buildings destroyed by the flood are being reconstructed. People have the option of selling their produce in regional markets, thus generating additional income.
With the goal of providing better protection for fields and villages, Welthungerhilfe and Lasoona are showing the population how to identify impending natural disasters in a timely manner and actively implement protective measures. All of these initiatives aim to enable people to build new lives and become independent of outside help.
The aid measures are financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.