Monsoon brings misery to millions in Pakistan

It is a very catastrophic situation in Pakistan, as unprecedented monsoons bring floods from the north of Pakistan to the south. These floods have affected almost 33 million people which is 15% of the entire population. Since the summer season began, multiple monsoon cycles have lashed Pakistan, destroying more than 400,000 homes across the country. Southern Pakistan has been hardest hit by the rains -particularly Sindh and Baluchistan which has received nearly three times its average seasonal rainfall. As heavy rains have continued over the past 2 weeks, flooding and landslides have caused massive displacements, damages, and devastation.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan more than 900 people have been killed since June. As Rotarians, we can take action to mitigate the humanitarian suffering in this trying situation where people have lost the lives of near and dear ones, homes, and livelihood.
The Government of Pakistan is doing whatever possible. However, they have requested funding from international donors and countries.
Rotary has a significant presence in Pakistan and there are two Rotary International Districts and more than 100 Rotary Clubs. Local clubs are working on Relief Packages for the displaced population by providing tents, food, drinking water and medicines to mitigate the spread of malaria and cholera as the aftermath of flood and stagnant water. We will be communicating with the District Governors in Pakistan for updates about their requirements so that any funds raised by our clubs can be effectively utilized by the Rotary Clubs in Pakistan to mitigate these devastating conditions. District Governor Nominee Sohail Naseer, who is our point person for this initiative, will coordinate with the clubs accordingly and provide further details. Please email him at if you have any questions or would like to initiate a project.
Additionally, there are other options for how your club and members can provide support:
The federal government moved Sunday to kick-start giving for Pakistan flood relief by offering to match private donations, dollar for dollar.
Donations for flood aid made between Aug. 2 and Sept. 12 will be matched by federal money with no upper limit, Government House leader John Baird said.
"For every eligible donation by individual Canadians to Canadian registered charities and earmarked for efforts to assist Pakistan relief efforts, Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund" , Baird told a morning news conference. Canada has announced $5 million in funding for humanitarian assistance in response to flooding in Pakistan:
Federal government will match Pakistan flood donations, dollar for dollar:
ShelterBox, a Rotary Partner, is also on the ground with their emergency response team to Pakistan after monsoon flooding has left thousands of people with nowhere to live. If you would like to contribute to them, please make your contribution at:
Again, Sohail will reach out with more information soon and you can also look for updates on our District Advisory Resource Group page at
Submitted by
Sohail Naseer ,DGN
Mike Lawrie , PDG, Chair DARG