ShelterBox Responding to Flood-Ravaged Pakistan

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Global disaster relief organization ShelterBox USA announced today it is deploying an emergency team to Pakistan to respond to devastating flooding and determine what aid it will provide. 

ShelterBox, which provides emergency shelter and other essential items following disasters and during prolonged conflicts, will also launch an emergency fundraising appeal.  

“With roughly a third of the country underwater, the humanitarian need in Pakistan from this climate change-fuelled disaster is staggering – and it will only grow,” said ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray. “ShelterBox’s mission is to ensure no one goes without shelter after disaster, and our team in Pakistan will assess which communities are most in need, and how we can best meet the emergency shelter needs.” 

More than 33 million people across Pakistan have been affected by the flooding, and more than 1,100 people have died as homes have been sunk or been swept away.  

The ShelterBox team aims to be on the ground in Pakistan this week to work with local partners — including local Rotary districts – to assess shelter and other humanitarian needs and map a response. The team will focus on the hardest hit areas first, including Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Balochistan. 

ShelterBox has aid items prepositioned in the region. 

“The flood waters are fast and lethal, and they do not discriminate. They are sweeping away anything in their path including people, homes, and livelihoods,” said Haroon Altaf, ShelterBox Regional Director for Asia. “When there is so little dry land, and entire communities cut off, the logistics of getting shelter aid to the people in greatest need presents a complicated challenge.” 

Of Pakistan’s 160 districts, 116 have been affected by the flooding. Sixty-six have official declared a “calamity” as waterways that feed the Indus River that runs through the country have burst through their banks. Nearly half a million people have crowded into relief camps after losing their homes.   

More monsoon storms are forecasted later this month. 

ShelterBox has responded to flooding in Pakistan previously, including a 2010 response that served thousands. It also has significant experience responding to flood disasters, deploying aid to at least 75 since it was founded in 2000. It has also responded to flooding in Sri Lanka, Paraguay, Kenya, Malawi and Peru.  

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Holly Rickett, an emergency response legal expert and county attorney, has joined ShelterBox’s Board of Directors.


Dr. Richard Columbia, an international development expert with over 40 years of experience, has joined the Board of Directors at ShelterBox USA.


Noaman Sharief has joined the Board of Directors at ShelterBox USA in the role of Treasurer.