An owner-driven reconstruction project with a cash approach in Dadu District/Sindh Province, Pakistan (2011–2013)
Torrential monsoon rains commenced in late July 2010, triggering massive floods that swept through Pakistan and covered an area equivalent to the distance from the Netherlands to Spain. The worst floods to hit Pakistan since 1929 affected over 10 per cent of the country’s population of 200 million, killing more than 1,900 people and submerging and damaging homes, roads and bridges, cropland and community infrastructure. The Government estimated that one in twelve inhabitants of Pakistan was affected and dependant on aid for survival. Sindh Province was badly affected. As long as six months after the disaster, areas in Jacobabad, Shaikarpur, Larkana and northern Dadu Districts remained partly under water. Families gradually returned to emerging villages only to discover their homes destroyed and their crops and livestock lost.
Between 2011 and 2013, the Swiss Red Cross (SRC), in coordination with its local partner, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), implemented three post-flood recovery projects in Dadu District. The programme encompassed the reconstruction of houses and was supplemented with community-based health and first aid interventions, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) measures.