About the Emergency

Since mid-June, severe flooding, as well as landslides and glacial lake outbursts, have affected 33 million people, resulted in the deaths of nearly 1,500 people, damaged nearly two million homes and killed hundreds of thousands of livestock—a major source of livelihoods and food. At one point, approximately a third of the entire country was underwater.

On September 2, USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the U.S. government’s humanitarian response.

In response, USAID and our partners are working to provide urgently needed food, nutrition, safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and shelter assistance. More information on the U.S. Government’s humanitarian activities in Pakistan can be found here.

How You Can Help


Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau. For companies that want to help, here is a business guide with tips. Below are some organizations responding to flooding in Pakistan.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in four Americans volunteered for an organization at least once during the course of a year. However, there are a few things that would-be disaster volunteers should stop and consider before getting on a plane.

Additional Resources

InterAction is an alliance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Washington, D.C. whose 180-plus members work globally.

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies worldwide.

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