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Risk of Lake Manchar bursting its banks threatens lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities in Pakistan 

© 2022 Maryam Imtiaz/CARE

© 2022 Maryam Imtiaz/CARE

Statement by Adil Sheraz, CARE Pakistan Country Director. 

 “Water levels at Lake Manchar in Sindh province are dangerously high, and although officials deliberately breached the lake to try and protect more densely populated areas further downstream, there’s still a very real risk that the lake will burst its banks, threatening the lives and livelihoods of huge numbers of people. Sindh province is one of the most food insecure in the country, so CARE is very concerned about the implications of this latest threat on vulnerable groups, including women and children. Already, 33 million people in Pakistan have been affected by these monstrous floods that have taken the lives of more than 1300 people.  The floods come only a few months after people in Pakistan had to cope with deadly heat waves. This adds to a global picture of widespread climate disruptions. Pakistan does not contribute more than 1% of the global emissions but is now at the receiving end of climate change. It’s only fair that countries with high per-capita emissions drastically step up their efforts in supporting emergency measures to address this growing loss and damage.” 

CARE is supporting flood-affected communities in Pakistan by providing shelter kits, which include tarpaulins and rope, kits with everyday essentials including sanitary items, toothbrushes/paste, underwear, towels, soap, water purification tablets, cooking pots, cups, plates, jerry cans and mosquito nets. CARE is also providing emergency latrine kits.  

We plan to scale up humanitarian relief activities focussing on shelter, relief items, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, nutrition, health, gender and protection. 

Founded in 1945, CARE is one of the largest and oldest humanitarian aid organisations fighting global poverty. CARE has a special focus on empowering and meeting the needs of women and girls and promoting gender equality and works in 100 countries around the world. https://www.care-international.org/ 

For more information please contact:

Anisa Husain
CARE Press Officer

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