6 September 2022

Brooke Pakistan responds to disastrous floods

Photos showing the extent of flooding in Hyderabad district, Sindh province.

The recent flooding in Pakistan has had a disastrous effect, with the country reporting that over 1,300 have died, with over 33 million affected. Almost 800,000 livestock have been killed, many of them likely to be working horses, donkeys and mules. Our thoughts are with the animals and people affected. Thankfully, all our staff are safe.

Animals and their owners are under extreme stress due to the crisis. Working horses and donkeys, who in normal times would be supporting other livestock, helped farmers evacuate overnight as flood warnings were announced.

Brooke Pakistan’s have carried out rapid assessments of animals, collaborating with our trusted partners, in a number of regions in the Sindh province, South Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). Overall, based on the estimated number of horses, donkeys and mules in the 14 districts we work in, potentially over 600,000 equine animals could be affected.

The main issues faced by animals and their owners are lack of access to clean drinking water and food, as well as shade and shelters. Almost all brick kilns, which have large numbers of horses, donkeys and mules, are now under water, meaning work has stopped and may not return for months, especially as fuel stocks for the furnaces have been destroyed. This means wages for the workers stop, and people will struggle to afford to feed themselves, let alone their animals.

Thanks to our committed supporters, Brooke has emergency funds that we could release immediately to the program, so teams have been able to quickly set up flood relief camps. Mobile units have been travelling to different locations across the regions. They have provided food and fodder for animals to eat straight away, as well as rations for the medium-long term. Teams are also providing treatment for injured and sick animals, who are under immense pressure and working even harder to help their owners.

This is an emergency for everyone, so the teams are also providing people with food rations where possible, and helping to feed and treat their other livestock such as sheep, goats, cows and buffalos.

This story is developing and more updates will be added as we learn more.