Five weeks ago, torrential monsoon rains triggered devastating flooding in Pakistan. It turned out to be the country’s worst natural disaster on record. Across the country, more than 1.2 million homes damaged or destroyed. The rice you earn on Freerice from September 7 will go to help the people of Pakistan.
Since the start of the crisis WFP has delivered a one-month supply of food to more than 3 million people. These include a million young children, who have been given special foods to prevent them from slipping into malnutrition. Last week, we started enriching the basic emergency food rations used up to now, adding new items including rice.
Because of the flood damage, many farmers in Pakistan cannot plant crops for the coming year, meaning that in addition to the current needs – around six million people currently need food – there is also a risk of severe hunger in the coming year.
- 3.6 million hectores of cropland have been submerged and 200,000 head of livestock killed.
- March 2011 will be the earliest that farmers can plant crops again, if flooding prevents them in mid-September.
- 3 million people have been reached by WFP with a one-month supply of food – 100,000 people a day.
- 600 WFP trucks are transporting WFP food around the country, at any given moment.
Many thanks to everyone playing Freerice and helping the millions who have seen their lives washed away by the floods.