200,000 older people hit by Pakistan floods


A family carries relief supplies, distributed by the Army, on train tracks back to their homes. A family carries relief supplies, distributed by the Army, on train tracks back to their homes. Photo: REUTERS/Andrees Latif 2010

HelpAge International estimates that up to 200,000 older people have been affected by Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years.

The figure for those who have died in the monsoon floods has now risen to 1,500 and estimates of those affected are currently 2.5 million. These figures may yet rise. 

Flood waters have washed away thousands of acres of crops, government buildings, schools, clinics, markets, bridges, railway tracks and homes.

Targeting the most vulnerable

HelpAge is planning to respond to the emergency in partnership with medical aid agency Merlin.

The emergency response will target the most vulnerable older people and their families in Nowshera district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In the coming days and weeks we hope to distribute mobility aids, hearing aids, and emergency health assessment kits. We will also distribute food, emergency households items such as flashlights, bedding and water containers.

Asma Akbar, Programme Manager for HelpAge in Pakistan said:

"For the last five years, we've worked with partner Merlin to help older people recover from the impact of the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir. Now we have new challenges and a new disaster to deal with."

Before, during and after the floods

HelpAge is committed to working long-term to improve older people's lives in Pakistan.

Together with Merlin, we have worked in 17 health centres in conflict zones. We have provided 24 hour medical care services to 200,000 people, with a special focus on older people's needs.

We fund eye tests and cataract surgery for thousands of older people each year, improving their quality of life through better sight.

Through our policy work in Pakistan, we're:

  • Pushing for a national pension

  • Contributing to legislation to improve older people's lives

  • Training government and NGO staff on older people's issues.

DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal

In the UK, the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) has opened the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal.

The money raised will help fund the life-saving work in Pakistan of the DEC's Members, including AgeUK and HelpAge International. 

For more details go to the DEC website

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  • asif gulab (05 December 2013)

    I am working with Quetta Baluchistan based organization "CPD Center for Peace & Development" as Coordinator Partnership & Coordination. The people of Baluchistan with regards to potential are on high profile while in respect to resources and opportunities are on low profile. There is an urgent need to give push and mobilize their uncovered potential. Helpage International must took this source to put them in lime line of development.

  • Syed Mohsin Anwar Shah (16 July 2013)

    Helpage is the only organization, who get efforts on older people and age friendly to save older people from abuses and giving voices to older people rise awareness to older people for older people and by older people. In our experience we saw the many wonderful policies regarding friendly age, here are innumerable neglected families. whom should need to get in attention. thank you help age to take care of our older people

  • Shahid Riaz (20 December 2012)

    Helping Hands is local CSO working in Rajan Pur District (Punjab) since 2003. We are eye witness of floods 2010 and witness about the problems of old age people in that disaster. We are appericiate helpage working for thid neglected people.

  • Lutaf Mangrio (03 October 2012)

    Helsage has developed wonderful webite.

  • Shakir Ullah (23 June 2012)

    The Peoples Realy Appreciated the working of helpage in Jalozy Camp

  • Community Development Foundation-CDF Jacobabad Sindh PAKISTAN (22 November 2011)

    CDF is Jacobabad based CSO working in Sindh since 2005.We are the eye witness of floods of 2010 & witnessed that elder people were vorst affected & neglected people during the floods 2011 & in rescue operation. even they were neglected by their families. We apprciate Helpage which is only one organization working for this neglected flood affectees.

  • Zafar Saleem Bangash (15 November 2011)

    Al-Noor Foundation Pakistan is working on Senior Citizen Campus (Gold People) i agree the program of Helpage International and want to promote program as a partner. Zafar Saleem Bangash Chairman Al-Noor Foundation Pakistan (Isb) 0333-5254688

  • Abdul Rasheed Laghari (01 July 2011)

    Really 'Help Age" is one organization who is working only for older people,who need the help in this age,especially in surgery of Eyes,and provision of Health kis,food and emergency household items in Fllod affected areas.I also add and request to work in remote,deprived population of Districts,Dera Ghazi Khan,Rajapur,Layyah to help in removing the Poverty.These are Emergeny and Early Recovery program,consider to start Sustainability program in pakistan.
    Abdul Rasheed Laghari,
    (Senior Sociologist,Program Implementation Specialist.Cell-03085203223

  • mustafaqadir (08 June 2011)

    It was a excellent effort done by HAI in pakistan

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